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Monday, August 30, 2010

Ryobi 7 1/4 Inch Miter Saw.....a few words

After years of lugging around big, clunky miter saws with my hubby during our occasional fix it jobs, I had the opportunity to work with this streamlined Ryobi portable miter saw. Right now Home Depot has them available for $99 (online only). Last week while visiting my daughter in Oregon, she and I teamed up and cut baseboard for a very large room in the shortest amount of time I've ever spent on this task.


We ordered the saw online; it arrived quickly and required only a small amount of assembly. The stand for the Ryobi miter saw has locking legs with extensions on the ends to accommodate different lengths of trim (or perhaps bamboo? hmmmmm). There is also a convenient carry handle on the side. We carried this saw effortlessly up a steep flight of stairs and set it up in minutes.


Honestly, this little Ryobi saw is a beauty and the price is ridiculously low (but don't tell Ryobi.) LOL It works like the larger miter saws, but of course, for smaller projects. I really, really want one for myself, but unfortunately they don't ship these to Hawaii. ...boo hoo.... :(

If you've been thinking of getting a miter saw for your smaller projects, don't even think about it. Just buy this one; you won't be sorry! (And no, I don't work for Ryobi. I'm just spreading the word about this Ryobi miter saw cause it's one of those undervalued gems you run across sometimes. Besides, sharing tips is really good for my karma.)

P.S. Let me know if you get one; I'd love to see your project. And wear your safety glasses when you're working with tools like these....unfortunately we forgot that part while taking the pic.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Twisting Wire - DIY Make

I use twisted wire frequently in various projects. Twisting wire adds strength and interest; it's also very easy to do. All you need for twisting wire is a power drill, needle nose pliers/wire cutters and, of course, the wire. Here you go.....

The pliers/wire cutters are pointed towards the part of the drill you'll be using, which is the adjustable clamp in front.

If two strands of twisted wire is the goal, cut off a piece double the measurement of the length needed PLUS an additional 1 inch of wire. Fold this piece in half and make a small loop at the top of the wire if desired for hanging. Otherwise, use the pliers and your hands to twist the two strands together at top. (Basically all you need to do is ensure all number of strands of twisted wire are secured together on one end before proceeding.)

At the opposite end of the wire, grasp all wire strands with the pliers and form a short curl back onto itself. This keeps the wire strands together and makes the whole process much easier.

Insert the curled end of the wires into the clamp of the drill. Tighten the clamp until the wire is securely in place. Hold other end of the wire taut with the pliers. Pull trigger on the drill and begin twisting wire. Tip: Twisting wire that is extra long can be done easily with the help of a buddy. Simple, huh? :)
P.S. I'm linking up to New Friend Fridays and Penny Pinching Party at The Thrifty Home. Join us and make some new friends!

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ByeBye to Beautiful Astoria, Oregon and Aloha to Hawaii! I'm Back!

Sorry it's been a while since I posted. My beautiful daughter and I were busy, busy, busy working on setting up her new business in charming Astoria, Oregon. What a gorgeous location it is in which to launch her career!
I can honestly say the people of Astoria and the surrounding communities are some of the most helpful and friendliest people I've ever met. Truly genuine in every way. So thank you Oregon for your hospitality and of course, thank you, Riki, for a wonderful and fun trip. It was great working with my grown daughter and being a part of such an exciting time in her life.
What kind of business, you ask? Well, it is a service business, so therefore all her monies are going into making sure her clients are comfortable, satisfied and offered only quality products. Since I know nothing about this part of the business, I assisted in the fun stuff and the stuff I know best......champagne decorating on a beer budget. It will forever be my passion in life.
Stay tuned for more posts on a few of these projects. And, of course, I'll keep you up to date on Riki's business and what's in store. I would love, especially, to connect with any folks from the Astoria area, so let me know if this pertains to you. Mahalo!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

On A Working Vacation...

Hey everyone! I wanted to let you know I'm in Oregon for a couple weeks helping my daughter set up her new business....for now it's kind of a "secret." LOL I'll catch up with all my comments and new friends and old friends as soon as I can, but looks like I may be M.I.A. from my blog for a bit. Hope everyone stays safe, happy and busy. I'll catch up as soon as I can. Promise!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Craft Gossip has a New Category! Subscribe, Suggest, Success! :)

and I just found out my DIY String Lanterns were featured in the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip! Looks like they will be scouring the internet looking for more stuff to feature OR you can always send them a suggested link. Go here to subscribe to their newsletter via email; you don't want to miss the updates on this site cause they come up with the darndest things. :) Thank you Craft Gossip!




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Friday, August 6, 2010

DIY String Lanterns, String Lighting


The art of making string lanterns or string lighting is not my original idea. I found this example on the Internet and used their basic directions to make the string globe lights you see pictured above. There were some areas of the instructions I didn't understand, so I tweaked the materials and steps involved in order to get the process to work for me.

Hopefully, the following tutorial is beneficial to you. I've tried to make it as thorough as possible. Be forewarned, making string lanterns or string lighting is not rocket science and it's certainly not an expensive project, but IT IS MESSY! lol So, dress accordingly and do this project either outside or in a craft area where you can spread a tarp on the floor.

You will need:
  • Balloon
  • Sharpie pen or permanent marker
  • Craft scissors
  • Wrapping Twine (twisted cotton, marked for light load)
  • approx 4 oz White school glue (dries clear)
  • 1/2 cup Tapioca starch (found at grocers)
  • approx 1/4 cup cold water
  • Container to mix glue, starch & water
  • Stir stick or chopsticks or tongs to mix and handle wet twine
  • Disposable gloves (optional)
  • Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
  • Fast drying spray paint (I used Krylon or Rustoleum - whatever I had on hand)
  • Christmas string lights or Hanging lamp cord from Ikea or Pier 1
  • Tarp to place under project
Directions:
  1. Blow up balloon and tie securely. Using permanent marker, draw a circle around the knot in balloon that is just large enough to accommodate whichever lighting method you've chosen. If using tiny Christmas lights, opening can be very small. Draw the circle approximately 2 1/4" in diameter (side to side measurement) if using a standard light bulb. Note: another option for these string lanterns is to use without lights and hang the string globes in groups as a sort of mobile. In this case, forget about leaving any openings during the construction process.
  2. Prepare work area by laying down tarp. You will need to hang the balloon from a hook or otherwise suspend it so all sides are not touching any areas. Cut twine at a comfortable working height for you and tie twine around knot in balloon.
  3. Mix starch, white glue and hot water in container until all lumps are removed. Consistency should be like a thick creamy soup. Tip: Add water to the dry ingredients slowly while stirring and adjust as needed.
  4. Put on disposable gloves if you don't like getting your hands messy. Smear Vaseline all over the balloon until all areas are coated.
  5. Begin feeding the twine a bit at a time through the wet mix and drape over the balloon. Tuck under the end pieces of the twine at start and finish. Be sure to follow the lines of the circle drawn in step 1. (Under the picture you'll see an explanation of why this is so important.) Continue wrapping vertically at first at a comfortable tightness and gradually switch to wrapping the twine horizontally.
 

In the picture above, you will see two string globes. Both have dried well enough and the balloons popped by themselves. The globe with the purple balloon was my first attempt at making these. See how I continued the twine at the top and it actually covers the knot? WHAT was I thinking?? Arrrgh! Don't do that! Be sure to follow the directions in step 1 above depending on how you'll be using these string lanterns when complete. Plan ahead.



Allow string lanterns to dry at least 24 hours until twine is completely rigid. If balloon has not popped, do this now and discard remnants. Use a chopstick or something similar to gently knock off any thin glue crystals that may have developed in between the twine.

Spray outdoors or in a well ventilated area in either a clear coat or color of choice. Use two light coats if necessary, not one heavy coat. Either way, I feel this step further strengthens the globe.  Let dry well between coats.


Some of the materials involved in the process.


Just a section of my work area AFTER construction. Use as much or as little twine as desired to make these DIY string lanterns. You can also change the appearance by using smaller or larger balloons. Spraying a clear acrylic spray instead of adding color is another option.

It all depends on the look or style you're going for.


Christmas lights only require a tiny opening to insert.


Make the hanging string lantern above by first running the plug part of the lamp cord through the opening and continue on in a direct line and out one of the openings in the design, allowing the constructed opening to face downwards. This way it is easy to change lightbulbs when needed.


Anyway, above is the "teaser" pic I posted several weeks ago. I've been working on these string lanterns off and on since then. Finally, I felt like I had enough info and pics for a decent tutorial. I'm sure your construction process will go smoother than mine. Just be patient with the process and have fun with it. And, oh yeah, PLEASE show us your pics. It's always fun to see new versions of the "same thing". Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
 
One last tip: DO NOT put all the twine at once into the mix and then drape over the balloon. Feed it through gradually as stated in step 5. Yes, I tried it both ways and regretted taking a "shortcut." Here's why....the cotton twine or yarn or whatever you use swells a bit when it gets wet and cramming it all in a bowl creates a bowlful of tangled twine. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrggh! So, don't do that either. LOL


Linking this project to the Weekend WrapUp Party at Tatertots and Jello,  Funky Junk Interior's Saturday Night Special and The Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming.
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Friday Follow and New Friend Fridays!


It's Aloha Friday here in Hawaii and that means its time to relax! If you're visiting from Friday-Follow or New Friend Fridays, WELCOME to my humble blog. Love to share ideas, endeavors and tips with kindred spirits. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pink Please!


Pink Please! That's the color of the wicker purse I requested for my 9th birthday, many, many moons ago. And guess what? I got it! I was beyond bliss when I carefully removed the wrapping paper and saw that first glimpse of pink wicker. Inside was a colorful cotton cabana striped lining; it was truly my most favorite birthday gift and a beautiful childhood memory. What made me think of my pink please wicker handbag from long ago? Well, heck, today happens to be my birthday. So, in honor of myself I did a little search on the Internet to see if I could find another pink please purse. Here's what I found...

The pink wicker purse in the lead pic most closely resembles my original pink please birthday gift. It's from a site called Michelle's Vintage Jewelry, but alas the purse has already been sold. :(


This funky pink please vintage handbag/clock is from Pink Pig blog. I would definitely enjoy a pink please bag like this one in my home. (minus the pretty pink pig though). Isn't this a cute idea for a handbag? 

Uh..............nope, this is not my idea of a pink please purse for me, but I think I might enjoy making a couple of copy-catter frilly handbags for some little nieces of mine. After all, pink and little girls just naturally go together, don't they? Because I gotta tell you that $280 is a little out of my budget. Aloha, and oh yeah, Happy Birthday to me! ;)  
 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My Project was Featured on Lowe's Creative Ideas Community Projects! YIPPEE!


How incredibly exciting for me! This morning I discovered my simple wood shim chic project is a front page feature on Lowe's mass email for their Creative Ideas Community Projects for August. I signed up a bit ago to receive daily emails and decided to join up and share my ideas. Thank you Lowe's! (It's easy to sign up and share your projects. Check them out!)

What's Out There Wednesday!


I'm totally infatuated with this week's post for What's Out There Wednesday. It's the furniture and funky accessories from British designer, Lisa Whatmough, through her company, Squint Limited. The colors alone are magnificent....I'm drooling! What do you think of my choice for this week's What's Out There Wednesday? Maybe this style is a little too way out there for some, but I find it fascinating. :)  Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Subway Art Party!!!


So many people are making Subway Art these days that Tatertots and Jello is having a party! Bring yours and we'll see you there! Oh.......here's how I made my Hokey Pokey Subway Art sign.... from an article I published on eHow. It's easy peasey! :) (And super frugal too....I used fabric dye to stain the plywood.) Check it out!

It's Tuesday Tag-Along at Twee Poppets!

This is my second time attending the Tuesday Tag-Along blog party at Twee Poppets. It's always fun to "meet" new bloggers and share ideas and tips. Thanks for stopping in; I'm glad to meet you!

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Stone Planter?








I call this a stone planter, but I'm sure there is a better name for it. Does anyone know how to make these or what they're actually called? I think it's concrete embedded with semi precious rocks. I bought this stone planter YEARS ago in Missouri at a fund raising sale. It reminds me of those old retro plaster of paris covered flower pots that had broken costume jewelry stuck all over the outside. (My Aunt Ruth made several of those and in the summertime they'd be flanking the steps to the front porch.) Actually, if anyone has a tutorial of either type of planter or the costume jewelry kitschy pot, please share a link. Thanks!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

My 9 Square Feet of Sewing Space

 Three feet wide x three feet deep = my 9 square feet of sewing space.

I do love to sew and when hubby and I downsized to our current and humble 640 square foot home, I was anxious about how I was going to find room for my sewing room space. Well, here's how I did it and on a budget too, which made it all the more challenging.

I found the retro Formica-topped table with the awesome black iron legs AND designed with two wooden shelves on the right hand side at my local Hospital thrift shop for a mere $3. Yep! :) It was marked $3 because someone had taken a "permanent" black marker and scribbled all over the turquoise top. I used Windex when I got home and it came right off. Yeah! (Apparently, the Formica acts just like a dry erase board.) Seating is provided by a $5 iron stool that tucks away under the sewing table when not in use. The pillow was on clearance at Ross. :)



Above the sewing table, I hung a small white melamine board using clearance aisle brackets from Lowe's. Under this I mounted an under shelf spice holder to hold extra buttons and sewing beads, etc. These glass spice bottles and holder were originally from Pier 1, but I acquired them at the same Hospital Thrift Shop for $2 (still in the box).

Patterns are stashed in the little thrift shop wicker suitcase. A trip to the local discount store garnered the plastic drawers on casters. It holds oodles of notions and craft bits. It stays tucked under my sewing space table where I can easily roll it out when needed.


A wooden closet trouser organizer was a very affordable solution to storing extra fabric. (These things can even be mounted into corners of a room and take up practically no space at all.) Whenever I go to the mainland to visit family I have some favorite haunts where I go to shop for hidden treasures. I found this vintage porcelain container with lid for a whopping $3 at a tiny little flea market in Billings, Missouri. All my spools of thread and a Ziploc bag of bobbins stay dust free inside this charming piece of the past.


I found this wall decor on Ebay; it's perfect for my sewing space. (The giant scissors actually open and close too.) I put my good sewing scissors, pinking shears and measuring tape inside the thimble wall pocket so they're always easy to find. The vintage round mirror was another $3 bargain at the Salvation Army.

Well, that's my sewing space. Now all I need is some sort of cutting table at the correct height and size (I'm 5'10") that would fold away...that would save my back and my sanity. LOL Otherwise, I'm perfectly content with my little 9 square feet of sewing space. Where do you sew in your home?
Linking to the Sunday Showcase Party at Under The Table and Dreaming and It's So Very Creative Mondays. On Wednesay, I'm attending Someday Craft's Whatever Goes Wednesday and this will be my first time at We're Organized Wednesday. Come see what everyone has been up to!
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