Chalkboard Paint Project

I recently decided to change up my kitchen decor and wanted to paint my cupboard/pantry with chalkboard paint.  I got the cupboard for a steal a few years ago when I was helping a friend do some work at her resale shop.  The person who was going to buy it decided they didn’t really want it, so I was at the right place at the right time and I snatched it up.  I have a very small pantry and knew it would be perfect.

This was an easy project that only took a couple of days.  I had all the necessary materials, so I jumped in and did it!   I figured if I didn’t like it, I would just paint over it.  But, I am glad that I liked the way it turned out – I really didn’t want to have to paint the whole thing.  As for the rest of the kitchen, I still haven’t decided on what I am going to do, so that will be another blog post.

DSC_0344I used basic acrylic chalkboard paint and a regular bristle paintbrush found at any craft store.

 

 

DSC_0330I taped off the edges of the doors on the pantry.  After that, I lightly sanded the area I wanted to paint.  It does make a difference – so I recommend not skipping this step.  Then, I wiped down the area with a damp cloth and let it dry before painting the first coat.  I let it dry completely and applied a second coat.

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I let it sit for 24 hours to completely cure.   After that, I peeled off the tape.

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To prepare the chalkboard for use,  I used a piece chalk and completely covered the board. (Follow the directions found on the bottle of chalkboard paint)  Then I wiped it off with a damp cloth.DSC_0354

With that done, the chalkboard was ready to use!  I am not much of an artist, but I gave it my best shot.  I am working on my lettering and hope to get better at it.   I plan on putting scriptures on one side and our daily dinner menu on the other side.

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Tell me what you think about the project in the comments below.  If you try a chalkboard paint project, share a picture with us – we would love to see it!

LLOL,

Kathryn

Coffee Cup Bird Feeder

I have had numerous bird feeders over the years and when I saw a few teacup bird feeders on Pinterest, I just had to try it for myself. I had a coffee cup and saucer that I didn’t mind parting with, so I gathered up the supplies and gave it a shot. It turned out cute, so now I am on the lookout for some cute teacups and saucers to make more. The only problem I have with the coffee cup birdfeeder is actually catching a bird on it when I have my phone or camera ready!

These are super easy to make and would make a great gift, along with a little package of bird seed, of course!

Coffee Cup Bird Feeder 8First, find a cup and saucer – coffee cups or teacups – and gather up your supplies – rubbing alcohol, ceramic/glass glue, masking tape and twine.

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Wipe down your cup and saucer with rubbing alcohol to clean it.  This will help the glue adhere.

Position your cup so the handle is straight up.
Place a good amount of glue on the saucer where the cup makes contact. I used E6000.

Coffee Cup Bird Feeder 6I used masking tape to secure the cup and saucer while the glue dries.  Let it dry for 24 hours for the best results.

Coffee Cup Bird Feeder 3After it is dry, place the twine (or other string/ribbon) to the handle.  Measure where you are hanging it so you have enough length.

 

Add your birdseed and let the birds enjoy your crafty handiwork!

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I put my bird feeder right outside my front window.  The curtain stays open when I am home so I can enjoy seeing the birds.  There is a birdbath close by and another bird feeder.  I can’t wait to see if the birds really like it.  I am thinking about adding a larger plate to this to give them more room.  If I do, I will post an update.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.  If you make one, make sure to post the picture along with your comments.

LLOL,

Kathryn

 

 

 

Funny Things My Husband Does……

I have to start off by saying my husband loves to make me laugh. And I am a firm believer that laughter is the best medicine out there. Donny has a great sense of humor and that was one of the things that attracted me to him when we started dating twenty years ago.
As we prepare for our upcoming vacation, I start making my list of things I need to pack. My list is constantly changing and I will ask Donny, “What do you want me to add for you to take?” and of course he says beer and himself. He does not worry about the details; he says that is my expertise.

My husband does not like my driving, so, needless to say, he is my chauffeur. My role is the navigator to get him where he wants to go without missing turns, passing up exits, or backtracking. Which, by the way, we have all done on our trips. Once we were turned around so he got on his iPhone and asked “Siri” how to get where we were going. It was comical because I had the map in front of me, but he wanted to see if “Siri” could give him better directions.

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Laughing Together

How does your husband amuse riders while driving on long trips? My husband will sing along with the radio but instead of singing the words to the song, he will make up his own words and will have me cracking up with laughter. I ask him where do these made-up lyrics come from? He laughs, “The words just come out.” Sometimes, you just have to be there to realize how funny he gets with his made-up lyrics.
Donny is a great outdoor cook and he can make some awesome bar-b-que, boiled shrimp and crab, and whatever else he decides to cook. He is very hard-headed about how he cooks and you have to follow his instructions to the detail. How can one man cook such a simple meal and dirty every pan and dish in the house while cooking—and guess what? He doesn’t like doing dishes and I usually have to do them all. He tells me, “Woman, never question an awesome cook and his methods.”

The final thing that Donny does that always makes me giggle is to tell me what I said in my sleep. I warned him twenty years ago that I talked in my sleep but I never remember what I say. He loves to give me a play by play of what I said while sleeping. I swear he adds the dramatics to it and I say, “I would never to do that in my sleep.” He has me laughing all the time when he tells me the things I said. Sometimes I wonder if they are true or if he is just telling me that to make me laugh.

I love having a husband who has a sense of humor and makes me laugh. There are times when laughter has made a bad day good and put a smile on my face. I am thankful for this gift he has and uses.

What makes you laugh? Is laughter good medicine for you?

LLOL,
Patricia