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Sunday, July 24, 2011

EXTRAORDINARY Guest: Stenciled Desk.

Hey all you fabulous folks! 


I am SOOO excited to be hanging out at The 36th Avenue today!!
 I'm Katie from CRAPTASTIC! 


CRAPTASTIC

I initially started blogging about my crazy furniture adventures in January,
but after being inspired by all of YOU I have ventured out into
all kinds of crafts!

I'm so excited to be sharing one of my favorite projects with you all today! 
I like to think of her as being 'Old As Dirt!'

Back in March I worked on my nighstand, The Pink Lady. 
I had so much fun with the harlequin stencil I decided to do it again!
Here is how the old lady started:

I loved this desk from the very start and quickly got started
sanding and cleaning. 
I was naughty and did not prime (although with such a light colored yellow, I should have)!
After she was all painted it was time to apply the stencil. 
I'm cheap poor, so I try to use what I have to cut corners. 
Instead of buying a stencil I used cardstock and an exacto knife to make my own.
I didn't measure any of the diamonds for my stencil, they were just kind of eyeballed! 
When cutting out your diamonds, be sure to leave a small amount of cardstock in between each diamond, otherwise you'll just have a piece of cardstock with a big hole in the center!
This shows the stencil I ended up with - not perfect at all!
 I think the irregularity makes it more unique!

Once all the paint is dry sand your little heart out!
 I've noticed with lots of paints that they tend to darken up just a little with sanding - I like that. 
Here you can see before and after sanding.

I used cheesecloth to apply Minwax Dark Walnut stain over the entire piece.  Once dry I used cheesecloth to run over the whole piece with Minwax Wipe On Poly in satin!  Here she is now!

A closer look.

Beautiful ORIGINAL hardware...

Thank you SOOOO much for having me Desiree!
 It's been a blast!
I hope you all enjoyed my old lady, and thanks for
Cheers!

...............................................

From Desiree:

Oh MY!
HOW ADORABLE ARE THE BOTH OF THEM...
Katie and her old lady!

Let me share with you a few things
I have learned about Katie:
Last April her hubby and her transitioned back into civilian life after being in the Army for four years! He is one week away from finishing up the police academy
( she is so proud of him ! )

Katie is currently studying to earn her
Master's in Physician Assistant studies @ Trevecca in Nashville!
WOW!
 An she is just a  few short weeks away from starting her year of clinical rotations!
Watch out Nashville!! ;)
Make sure you stop over her CRAFTASTIC  blog and let her know that we wish her and her husband the best in all of their new adventures.


THANK Y♥U KATIE for helping me out
during the move..!
Besos!

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Have a Cookie!

I am here Saturday night, sitting on my couch going through the AWESOME entries from
the link party,  the kids are in bed,Matt is by my side watching the news and eating a handful of M&M...
What can I say it has been a long day but life is GOOD!

I notice that there were a bunch of great treats at the link party this week and because a cookie sounds great right now I thought to share a bunch of them with you... ;)

So I give the...
to all the sweet ladies below that shared this great feast with us...

...Don't tell me that these sugar cookies from the Lady Behind the Curtain are not the cutest thing ever. I want to move to her kitchen...

Orange Sugar Cookies

I love Oatmeal cookies... Check out these beauties from Chef in Training.
You can tell they are PERFECTLY baked... that color says "chewy" to me.



Another cookie from Chef in Training are these
 Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars.
Can I say... Yummy!





These Monte Carlo cookies from The Simply Tea Shop are my cup of tea...
What a beautiful picture too!



 I love zucchini bread but I've never heard before about zucchini cookies...
I am so curious about this recipe from A Turtle's Life for Me
that if my baking wear wasn't packed I would have baked a batch of them tomorrow...



These ones from Lizy B Bakes are so happy and bright... They make me smile...☺ 


Have a SWEET SUNDAY everyone!

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