Monday, November 14, 2011

A thrifty sweater

I found a sweater at Savers the other day on their 50% off day marked $2.99.  So that made it about $1.50.  I washed it first and then I cut the arms off and cut the neck so it was straight.  Then I put one of my pillows that came with my sofas inside.  I didn't sew.  I glued.  Yes, my glue gun again to the rescue.  It's now a soft and warm and cozy pillow. 

And with the arms I made some sweater roses to dress up some plain pillows.

Not bad for $1.50.  Do you have an old sweater in the back of your closet?  Give it a new purpose.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A perfectly good fan

Do you have a ceiling fan (or several) that work great but are hard on the eyes?  I do.  There is absolutely nothing in the world wrong with them.  They do their job perfectly and I'm sure in 1995 they looked beautiful!  But not anymore.  Replacing them all just for looks isn't practical.  So I have begun operation ceiling fan redos.  Here is the first of many:
Brass.  Oak.  Tulip floral shades.   No thank you.
This one is in my family room and is on a vaulted ceiling.  Good thing I don't mind climbing the ladder.  I began by taking everything off except the motor and taped the ceiling up the best I could.
I painted all the blades and little pieces outside with oil rubbed bronze.
I started out spray painting the motor a brushed nickle, but my paint can clogged.  Dang paint can.  So through a little trial and error by switching to copper paint which was a total fail, I just painted the whole thing oil rubbed bronze.

The picture shows up a lot darker than it really is.    I bought new shades.    All four for $16.  I already had the paint, but it's about $7.  So a brand new ceiling fan for a little over $20.

I have worked out all the kinks in my system so the next ones I do won't take nearly as long.
Go forth and redo!

tdc before and after

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Death by Disco

Allow me to introduce you to Teresa Maria Garcia
She's a latina disco dancer who also studies law.

She has an A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E.
She's trying to help solve the murder of her dance partner.

Her eyelashes are an inch long and she does the hustle like nobody's business.
She looks a little like Amy Winehouse.
But underneath it all, she's my third born.   And she was born to act!
Death By Disco
Cactus H.S.
Wed, Thurs, Sat.
7:30 pm.