Saturday, December 28, 2013

Top 3 Posts from GiveMeAPaintbrush in 2013!

First of all, I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!  I am excited for 2014, with hopes it will exceed my wildest dreams!

GiveMeAPaintbrush was Born is 2013 so the year was not a total waste. So much happened before and after the birth of my blog. From waiting for a new season of work that started late, to deciding to move to Oregon, to moving back to Washington, and I am about to return to Oregon. Crazy, Huh!

So I follow my stats for my blog like any one else and I am amazed at my number one post. It was for the November Silhouette Challenge, using reverse stencils cut out with my Silhouette Portrait which can be found Here. To date, this post has had over 1300 views which is pretty big for me.

My 2nd most popular post was my Oval Coffee table found Here. That was my very first real Silhouette project and was a lot of fun to do. I still like how that coffee table turned out. It sold before I left Oregon several months ago.

Coming in at #3 was all about making signs with stickers from the Dollar Store. That post is found here. Those signs were all about my experimenting and trying to stay busy.

My personal favorite project was a paint job on an old Buffet. I think it was my favorite because it was quite appealing to me in the end. I liked the way it was built and how nice it looked after I finished.

While I have no idea what 2014 is going to bring to me, I hope that it will be more fabulous pieces like this to work on! It was fun to see how it came together. It also sold before I moved, but I will continue to be on the lookout for more nice pieces to paint and resell in the future. Personally I find it quite therapeutic to repair and paint old neglected pieces. I look forward to the challenges in the coming year.

My next post will come after I get moved back to Oregon, after the New Year kicks off so have a wonderful New Year's and we'll chat on the flip side!! 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas

I haven't posted this week while I was preparing for Christmas so this is a mix of all that's going on.

With kids and grand kids I wanted to make things for them. It started with my December Silhouette Challenge project that I made for my daughter. You can find that post here!

For my son, I decided to try Subway Art. Using my Silhouette Portrait, and Double Sided Adhesive, and glitter, I made a Christmas Themed Subway Art for him and his wife. 

For my son's two girls, I made candy jars that turned out cute. I used Double Sided adhesive for their names and filled them with candy canes. They will be really good with hot cocoa! 

For my youngest daughter I made a simple vinyl project using a frame and a saying from the Silhouette store. For her two kids I made candy jars. Using large canning jars and a sheet each of glittered foam, a sheet of vinyl and a pair of scissors. It was a simple project and I like how they turned out too! 

It was nice to see all of my kids and the grands! On Christmas Day I went to my oldest daughter's and spent the day there. We watched Home Alone together while dinner was cooking. 

Now that Christmas is over, it is time to start packing. I have struggled with this decision, but the fact of the matter is, my family needs help. 

When I left Oregon, it was to come home and get back to work. I got 'some' work here, but haven't had anything for over 2 months. That was 4 months ago. I came 'home' in late August. Now I am going to pack up and move again. 

On Wednesday, December 18th, my brother had another stroke. He has MS and had already had one stroke. At this time, he is still in the Hospital. On December 23rd, my dad was forced to surrender his driver's license. Mom has not driven for many years. So my folks need me to drive them to appointments and shopping, etc, and my brother needs me there to help him more with things. We are not sure what he will be able to do on his own once he goes home, but it would be better to have me there and ready when he gets there.  

It felt very selfish to give this more than a thought, but I struggled with this decision. I already lived there for a year and was unable to find work there. I was living in my brother's house while he was remodeling, and I know much of those projects are still incomplete. My heart might be here, but my body is needed there. So I am going. 

I am packing as fast as I can. I need to go before the roads get too bad to make it over the passes. So between collecting boxes and filling them up, then traveling back to my brothers house in Oregon, I may not be able to post much for a bit. That saddens me too. While I am reluctant to leave Washington again, I do know that things have a way of working themselves out, and I do look forward to seeing what I left behind there. Like my 8 old windows, and my old door, and my dining table and chairs I was working on. They are still all there, from what I am told. And access to tools! Whoop Whoop! 

Yes, I believe and hope that there will still be time to do some repurposing and upcycling, decorating and creating. Maybe I will find enough time to get a bunch of stuff ready for spring to have a booth! I have to hang onto the hope that I will manage to keep doing what I have come to love when I get back, and that Is where it started. That's where my blog was born! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

No Glitter was worn...

First of all my friends, I want you to know, this is going to be a mind blowing post, and you will want to read all the way through! Not only am I going to share my project, but links to my buddies projects (on their blogs!) and even more fun! 

Sooo...No Glitter was Worn! Ahhhh...who am I fooling! I cannot tell a lie. Yes, there was 'some' glitter worn in the making of this project!! Ha ha! I mean, seriously, who would believe me if I said no Glitter was worn in the making of this project? We ALL know how impossible that is, right?

So, I wanted to attempt to do a few things with this project. One was to follow Lauren's lead in using different medians. as in Glass Etching, HTV, etc. For this project I took the easy way out, because...well, that's easy! But also because I was working with what I had on hand. I also wanted this project to be a gift to give for Christmas.

Items used for this project are:
Silhouette Glitter!


Adhesive spray

piece of white fabric (I already had this on hand ...and I don't sew!)
Old picture frame (I used one I had on hand with the glass still intact)

I got my hot little hands on a package of chipboard. As soon as I picked it up from the post office, I got straight to work. I had lettering lined up just how I wanted it to fit on the chipboard, in the Silhouette Studio. Because I have a Portrait I had to trim off some of the chipboard to make it fit my mat. I sent my file to the machine, using the recommended settings. I failed to set the type low enough, so messed up my first chipboard cut, go figure! My second attempt, I also adjusted the blade to 5 rather than 3 on the recommended settings. That is because it did not cut all the way through on 3. The 2nd attempt went beautifully. Score :  Silhouette-1,  Bev-1!

Next, I took these letters to the back room, or my 'craft room'. This is where the magic happened. Let me first say that I have Never ever finished any project in just one day, until this one....(that's how easy peasy it was)! Another important fact: No Paint was used in this project! Faint!

I used a piece of plywood to work on. I did this to protect the carpet from my messy crafting abilities (meaning I make messes every.single.time!) I sprinkled out some glitter on a piece of printer paper. This made it easy to return the unused portion of glitter to the container...Red was first. A small squirt of adhesive spray on one letter at a time, quickly dunking each letter into red glitter. I followed the same pattern with each word & corresponding colors.

I used the original cardboard backing, the one that we put behind our photo's...and glued a piece of white fabric onto that, then glued the glittery words right onto the fabric. Popped that in behind the glass, and this is the result!

This will be my daughter's Christmas gift. (Good thing she doesn't read my blog!) Her name is Rochelle Hope. She has two daughters of her own. Their names are Kayla Renae Faith and Lena Marie Love. 

So  Faith, Hope, Love! is not just a theme, but it represents my girls too. My daughter has a lot of Faith Hope and Love things about her house...not too much, but just right. Hopefully she will be able and want to use this to decorate during the Holidays for years to come. 

This is my December Silhouette Challenge project, and this month we have an amazing number of ladies participating and sharing their creations!  This is an Epic Challenge month because there is something else going on!

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! 

  1. 2013 Snowman Christmas Card by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  2. Christmas Hoop Art by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  3. Silhouette Nativity Advent Candle Box by One Tough Mother
  4. Christmas Party Photo Booth Props by unOriginal Mom
  5. Another Stenciled Tea Towel by Cutesy Crafts
  6. Silhouette Gift Tags by Rain on a Tin Roof
  7. Snowflake Pin / Ornament by Coley's Corner
  8. State Sign Couple Gift by It Happens in a Blink
  9. Mason Jar Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  10. Merry Christmas Wall Decor by One Artsy Mama
  11. Deer Head Holiday Banner...featuring Santa's Reindeer by The Thinking Closet
  12. Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) by From Wine to Whine
  13. Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments by Architecture of a Mom
  14. Christmas Countdown Sign by The Girl Creative
  15. Elf Chalk Sign: "The Best Way to Spread Christmas" by Weekend Craft
  16. Glittery Christmas Subway Art by The Turquoise Home
  17. Sketch Pen Labels by Sowdering About in Seattle
  18. Snowflake NOEL Sign by My Favorite Finds
  19. DIY Holiday Hostess Gift by Everyday Paper
  20. Folding Nativity Backdrop by Chicken Scratch NY
  21. Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar by Nearly Handmade
  22. Reindeer Card: Double-Sided Print & Cut by GetSilvered
  23. Personalized Block Ornament by Suburble
  24. Paper Medallion Christmas Tree by Create & Babble
  25. Mini Mid-Century Homes by Tried & True
  26. Glitter and Vinyl Minecraft Christmas Ornament by A Tossed Salad Life
  27. DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style by My Paper Craze
  28. Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame by The Sensory Emporium
  29. DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows by The House on Hillbrook
  30. Simply Charming Christmas Ornaments by Life After Laundry
  31. No Glitter was Worn by GiveMeAPaintbrush
  32. Make Easy Ornaments from Paper Circles by Bringing Creativity to Life
  33. Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique by Terri Johnson Creates
  34. "Believe" Christmas Banner by Daily Dwelling
  35. DIY Christmas Nativity Card by Pitter and Glink

Do you have a Silhouette machine?

Looking for Silhouette inspiration, support, trouble-shooting? Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month? Then, we'd love to have you join our Silhouette Challenge Facebook group. To join, simply fill out the new member request form, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will get you squared away.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

I am obsessed!

I didn't realize just how obsessed I was until I was cleaning my 'craft room' today.

It hasn't even been quite a full year when I began this journey of crafting. But from the looks of my craft room, I feel like I have done it all of my life!

There is my tape collection:

Then there is my glue collection:

Staples anyone?

How about paint sticks, all used of course, and screw drivers and screws, nails, paintbrushes, scissors and who knows what else?

How about a few unfinished projects in case I get bored?

Or, for something different, my piggy banks, because of all the grand kids I have?

An if you look in front of Piggies, you can see my copper utensils. They are lonely without the rest of my copper collection, but seriously, this room is packed and Piggies and Copper are probably going back in storage soon. 

My paint cupboard sits in another corner of the room, which is where that staple collection rests, and my ribbon.

This is all because one day last winter, I was bored to tears, surfing Pintrest and thought "Hey, I can do THAT!" 

Collections not shown are Shutters, Mason Jars, pallet wood, a small button collection, crayons, and much much more. No wonder I needed to move away from my brother! I needed a house to put all my crafting goodies!! 

Can you guess what my next collection will be?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is one that we dedicate to counting our Blessings and being Thankful for all we have. Personally I am thankful for my family, health for them all, roofs over our heads, and a Turkey in the oven! There is soooo much more I am thankful for, but those, at the moment are at the top of my list.

I am Thankful for all I have learned in the past year. Having gone through a tough year and knowing I face tougher times ahead does not distract me from appreciating the lessons I learned in 2013~

I am Thankful for making new friends here too! I am also thankful for all of you who come to read my blog! It has been such a wonderful experience to get serious about blogging, and to pursue a hobby that I can share with other like minded people! I never knew till this past year that I even had a creative side! I have learned how to put an idea into motion and make it a reality. My most recent project was my Music Table, and before that was my home made chalkboard! I love my chalkboard the most because I did it 100% by myself.

I also won my Silhouette Portrait and have started learning how to make such pretty things with it. The little birdies on my chalkbaord and the 'Make a List' saying at the top are made with my Silhouette. 

Did you know there is BIG sale going on at starting today and running through December 8th? 
 And you can get amazing deals at too! 
(disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate and the following is an affiliate link)

I found all things Silhouette on sale at so I wanted to share a link so you can go shopping with one simple click!

I will be watching for more deals in the coming weeks, and I know I will be shopping at SilhouetteAmerica and Amazon to get the best of both worlds!

So in closing, I feel blessed today for Family, Friends, Turkey and oh so much more.

I hope that you have a wonderful day filled with Family, fun and good food too!

Starting tomorrow I will be crafting away. Tune in again soon as I am getting my craft on for the December Silhouette Challenge!

I can't wait to see if and how it turns out so I can share it with you all!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Music Table Tale

This is the story of A Music Table.
( story telling took on a new form in this post. I don't know what over came me!)

It started out in some one's home, serving it's life as it was intended to do. With Heavenly legs, this beauty served well and long. Strong as it was, eventually the home in which it served all those years was ready for something different and this Lady found herself looking for a new home to serve.

The family asked a neighbor friend if she knew anyone who would want her. The neighbor thought instantly of a good friend of hers who was interested in breathing new life into pieces like Lady. In no time at all, Lady was moved.

She sat in a back room for a short while, awaiting news of what would become of her.
And then it happened....her transformation began!

First she was cleaned. Her legs felt so ugly with all the dust she had collected,and after this embarrasing photo of one of her legs, it felt wonderful to get cleaned up once again!  But then...she was given a new bright color. It felt like a new dress to her. Still she worried because her veneer on top was starting to fail her. The woman removed a little of that ugly veneer that was starting to lose its grip. The space was filled with spackle and sanded.

For weeks she sat patiently as she was redressed with this dreamy creamy color of dress. Once the 'dress' was applied, she waited for the next step. Her destiny was hanging in the balance as her caregiver considered what to do next. To Lady's surprise, she got a wax job to help her gorgeous legs stand out! This wax made her feel the most stunning of all. Antiquing wax from Miss Mustard Seed! She truly felt honored to be worthy of this sample her caregiver had saved!

As the wax was complete, there was just one two step(s) left to go. Lady's top needed help so she could simply stand out and Glow! Her caregiver chose to give Lady some songs. Songs she could share with all who adore her. So on came the first, then the next, till they all were attached. They were secured to Lady's top, and she wanted to sing! Now she felt so completely loved with her own kind of Bling!

Her caretaker was not happy though. Oh how could this be!...then Lady felt it...her songs had Bubbles! Oh nooooo! This is a Tragedy!

Caregiver decided to wait to see what happened. She wanted to let the songs on Lady's top dry. As the household grew quiet, Lady knew what to do....she sucked up the bubbles so her songs could stay near! When her caretaker peeked in at the end of the day, her heart smiled, for 'Lady' had come to Life! Her bubbles were gone, her songs lay flat, she had what she felt was the prettiest hat!

There will be, in due time one more stage for 'Lady'. Her 'caregiver' is searching for a lightweight piece of pexiglass to have cut to fit over the top of 'Lady's' songs to preserve for many years to come.

So here she is, in all her Glory!

(Note from the Author: Thank you so much for putting up with my silly story, but more than that, thank you for coming to visit Givemeapaintbrush! 

I do believe that as the Mod Podge dried, it shrank down onto the table surface and therefore eliminated the bubbles as seen in the previous pictures. In an attempt to preserve the table bubble free, I will continue to try to locate a piece of pexiglass to attach the to table top.)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Glass Painting w/reverse stencils

Every month, Lauren Lanker from The Thinking Closet, hosts a Silhouette Challenge. Those who wish to participate create a new project with their Silhouette and we all post at the same time to share with the world. This project is for the Novemeber Silhouette Challenge.

Let me first say that this was going to be Glass Etching. At the last minute, I dashed to my local Michael's store, and low and behold, their kits were about $30, and they were out of stock of the Etching Cream by itself. That was really all I needed...Etching Cream.

So as I spoke with a gal who works there, she was telling me about the Paint for glass. So, I bought a bottle of Martha Stewart's Glass Paint in Frost Translucent.

I had recently found this cover for plates and decorations...and of course, I have no idea what you all call it, but this is what I wanted to 'Etch'. Well, Paint. I guess the paint is better suited to me anyway given my blog name...LOL

I made my reverse stencil with my Silhouette Portrait, and applied it to the glass, dipped my brush into the paint and applied evenly. After allowing it to dry I did a 2nd coat, just because. The paint dries quickly, and this portion of this project (the fun part) only took about 10 minutes.
 I can't say the same about making the reverse stencil....I have gotten rusty since I moved....Oh wait! I am still new to this Silhouette AND to decorating and crafting! (For real!)

Now the Real challenge for me was taking the photos to show you the final work. I mean, this is round, so it rolls if I try to take a pic of it on its side; and in my mobile, I have a lot of windows so avoiding the refection from the windows is impossible!! I wanted my cover to be shown on a Christmas plate I have had forever, because it fits perfectly. I even considered covering my windows to block out the light so this painted glass would show better; laid it on the rug against a shelf for support; took it outside (way too bright to show my work out there!) name it. Getting this to show well was not easy..I "believe" that I failed in the photo department.

Back to the project...
When I peeled my reverse stencil off, I thought this looked quite a bit like Etched Glass. The difference is the paint sits on top of the glass while the etching cream eats into the glass. Both are dishwasher safe. And I must say, this frosted translucent paint is going to last me forever! I mean, it is 2oz, was affordable, and I used a very little bit on my brush to get this look. One thing I should mention is that this paint is Permanent! And when trying to weed your design, it is tough! If you look real close you can see my L is scratched. I used the hook to peel the centers of the letters off and scratched the paint in the process. See below how I could not get a good shot! I needed a solid colored plate to take this photo shoot on!

This paint can also be used to outline lettering or designs and I am sure there are many other uses for it, plus it comes in other colors. I should have thought ahead and gotten the green!

I recently wrote a post about making a chalkboard using pallet boards and have now decorated that chalkboard with a few Silhouette cuts as well. I used some faux fall leaves from the dollar store, alone with sme real hazelnuts I collected at a friends house, combined with my plate cover backed in gold (scrap vinyl) to help the word become more visible, and a burlap bag. Pulled it all together for ....


So there you have it! My 'Etched Glass' look, with Paint!

I want to thank you for stopping by to see my project. It means the world to me to have you here! But now, it is time to visit the rest of the Challenge participants to see their beautiful work. There is No doubt in my mind that these ladies will completely Blow Your Mind with their creativeness and stunning projects! You can visit them easily by following the links below!

Happy Travels!

DIY Ironing Board Hanger by The Turquoise Home
Silhouette Challenge: Time Zone Bathroom Art by Nearly Handmade
Santa's Christmas Countdown by Tried & True
Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Christmas Card Ornament with Free Cut File by unOriginalMom
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dual Sign by Architecture of a Mom
Itching to Etch by Get Silvered
Snowman Tag ~ Silhouette Challenge by Whats Next Ma
Thanksgiving Sign by Chicken Scratch NY
DIY Horse Silhouette Pillow by Rain on a Tin Roof
Sketching on Fabric by The Sensory Emporium
Paper Leaf Garland by Lil' Mrs. Tori
DIY Blessing Board - Silhouette Challenge by One Tough Mother
Christmas Pillow by Create & Babble
Glass Painting with Reverse Stencils by Givemeapaintbrush
Chalkboard Thankful Tree by Cutesy Crafts
Bottoms Up! MYO Wine Tag by From Wine to Whine
'Happy Holly-days' Tags for the Swap by An Elegant Touch...
Thank You for Dinner (Card) by Everyday Paper
Advent Star Christmas Countdown by My Favorite Finds
Geometric Fabric Bowls by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
Paper Carnival by Home At Eight
Silhouette Cameo Tutorial: Dual Sided Business Cards by Black and White Obsession
In Case of Emergency Baby Bag Tags by Tossed Salad Life
Christmas On My Mind by Creative Turn
Jingle all the Way! by My Paper Craze
Christmas Lights Garland by Making Home Base
We Are Thankful by 4 You With Love
Seattle Skyline Silhouette by Sowdering About in Seattle
DIY Stenciled Mugs by Coley's Corner

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Playing with spray adhesive

Okay, confession time here.....I do not sew!

Now that this is out of the way, I have had spray adhesive for months now but never used it for anything so I got a hair tonight to give it a whirl.

With the dark paneled walls in this mobile (rental), I am doing my decorating differently. I am trying to add light and color when ever possible. Easier said than done, I assure you. Given that this is a rental unit, I cannot remodel the place and that is bugging me, cause I want a bigger pantry-I have ideas! But I can't act on them. I want a different medicine cabinet, but am stuck with the triple door mess they have in here....all the things I dislike about this place I am stuck with.

Back to the Adhesive Spray...

So my son made a little shelf for me when he was in high school many years ago. He is 37 now, so he made this about 20-22 years ago! I always hang it in my living room, but it blends in and isn't very noticeable. Despite not sewing, I have a lot of fabric ( 2 sewing cabinets!) I decided to use a piece of fabric and make a background for my sons shelf.

I cut it to an estimated size. That's measuring here! Sounds crazy huh? Trust me, it is crazy. I grabbed my adhesive spray and glued the edges of my fabric, and made a rectangle out of it. Then, once I found my hammer, I used tack nails to hang it on the wall, with my sons' shelf in front.

Nothing fancy, but it works to make the shelf he labored over stand out a little more against those dark paneled wall. With better centering of the shelf it will be the perfect way to highlight a shelf made for me, so long ago.

Your comments always make me happy! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My Pallet Chalkboard

All I used was pallet boards and part of a sheet of MDF. A friend cut the MDF to the size I wanted, and I was off!

The pallet was an odd sized one, not standard. I found these odd ones on the roadside and inquired about them, loaded them up and brought them home. The other day I was thinking they almost look like frames, and the chalkboard idea was born.

I made sure my frame was in good shape, measured correctly, and fixed a crooked board or two. Then once my MDF was cut, I fit it into the frame that I had painted the night before. Then I painted the MDF with CHalkboard paint, let dry overnight and painted a 2nd coat today. I had already added the strips on top and bottom of the MDF to complete the frame.

Of course this was a rather bland chalkboard, so while my Silhouette was out for another project, I made a cuto apply to the chalkboard. That's it! Easy as can be...a simple project!

Now for the tough part...hanging it on my wall!! LOL

Update: The drill I borrowed from my buddy doesn't have the right drill bits to drill a simple ccouple holes in the chalkboard so I can hang it! I am sooooo disappointed! I won't be letting that get me down though, and it will be hung on my wall very very soon!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Vision for Octagon Table goes south

I have been slowly working on an Octagon shaped table that was recently given to me. I had a vision for it, and finally have it to a point where I could try to start pulling my vision for this table together.

I knew it would be a challenge. I wasn't positive it would be impossible....

All I can say is it looks bad. Pretty yes, but not what my vision was like....AT ALL!

There are 8 legs on this table with LOTS of detail. The (4) inside legs would be easy enough to do:

However the amount of detail on the (4) outer legs....well I am just not sure that I can pull this off! 

Up close and personal with this leg, it reminds me of a child eating spaghetti and getting it all over their little face. I used baby wipes to clean up the edges and it just looks like Blech! So now I am looking at weather or not I should continue to try this, or maybe use another color, or maybe just fill it in/paint over this with the original base color there and wax...letting the dark wax fill in where it wants?! 

Needless to say, if I continue with the detailing, this project is going to take a much longer time than anticipated. It already takes me triple the amount of time to complete a project than it does the average gal out there. Seriously, this post should be about this piece being all done! But instead, it about how I am doubting that I can pull off this vision I had. 

I don't know where I am going with this piece or with this post to be honest! I want so badly to get this piece done and up for sale. I still have soooooo much to do on it without the detailing! I guess what I need to do is go see what it is going to look like with just wax, and decide from there, right?

Meanwhile, I would love to read some input from other's! Would you skip the detail? Wax and call it good? Or would you move forward with this crazy vision on the detailing? 

Leave me a note in the comments!!!
And thanks for stopping by to see my latest mess!! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Around the House

Today I did some stuff outside, around the house.

I needed to cut the Rhubarb back. Now I know Nothing about Rhubarb at all, but it was a huge plant when I moved in late August and was definitely starting to 'wilt' of the bush/vine/plant. So I cut it back, and got all the gunky stuff tossed over the fence into the blackberries (didn't know what else to do with it!)

Then there is the never ending yard clean up after the dogs. Blech! With 2 German Shepherds, it is a chore I face daily and can't let go.

As I was wondering the yard, I noticed that the walk gate was not as secure as I need it to be. I had already nailed a pallet board on to make the gate latch reach, but it wasn't secure enough. It looked like something had tried to push it's way in, and nearly succeeded. So I found a skinnier board to nail up, giving it a better reach to latch properly, if that is possible with a wood post to latch to!

Then there was the house address board. An untreated board with the house address kind of carved and painted black. With moss growing and dried on it. Not visible at all really. It was hung on the front of the fence and I have to admit it was weeks after moving in before I saw it! So down it came! I brought it up to the house, sanded the dry moss off, and hit it with some dark red paint. Then I poly'd the numbers, and waxed the whole board. Still not bright, but I don't want to advertise I am here much either. Just enough so UPS can see it to make a delivery now and then.

I have to keep busy or I will go stir crazy so next up is hooking up my stereo! Then when I am in the yard or painting, I can do it to tunes :) Once that is done, I suppose I should get the dogs brush out and take care of that chore while rockin' out to my favorite tunes too.

Of course, I am still working on my Octagon table, but with all the detail on it, this piece is going to take longer than I anticipated. Someday I will find  a piece that I can do in one day!