Sunday, March 1, 2015

Route 66 Stencils

Three years ago, and three months into my experience with blogging, there was this challenge over at Debbie-Doos blog called the Magazine Copycat Challenge.

I loved it.

The idea was to find something out of a magazine to be duplicated.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Tale of Two Playdough Recipes

I'm a playdough maker from way back.  31 years to be exact.

Pink Homemade Playdough Recipe

I've used the same recipe all 31 of those years, given to me by my BFF.

Over the years I tried a couple different ones, but always came back to the one she gave me - it was the best I tried and never failed me.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Where Are They Now... At The Ranch

This throw back Thursday I decided to write a "where are they now" post..... as in how are a few things from past posts fairing today or how is a new product I've received holding up.

I'll go two years back, one year ago, and one month ago.

First up is the oldie that I can't refer to as a goodie.  It's the one project I lay awake at night thinking about and not in a good way. 

Vintage Building
Our vintage barber shop building that you can read about {here}.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

So I Married A Creative ___?___.

It's a blog hop where 18 of us gave spouses the opportunity to spill their guts.

Ever wonder what the spouse behind the blogger has to say?
In my case he's the hands or feet in blog photos.

Some spouses might have clammed up when asked questions.

Some may have seized the day.  Some may have not!

Before you read on, you need to know a couple things here at the ranch....  

Brawn spilling his guts?  Well he's not a chatter box - he gave longer answers sometimes if I stared at him with a look of "that's all 'ya got?".  

And me... I demonstrated extreme control by not interjecting my thoughts and words to explain his thoughts and words.  Take note of that control because it seldom happens.

I barked out the instructions that I was going to interview him.  After the first question he said, pass, come back to that one.  By the fourth question he said, "so these are real questions I actually have to think about?".  Sheesh.

In Brawn's Words:
I Married A Creative______
 "Genius?  Person?  I don't know .... those aren't very original answers".

Q1.  What is your favorite project Bliss has done, and why? 
A. The dining room.  When we took out walls about 10 years ago.  It was boxed in, it looks good.

Q2.  What is your least favorite, and why? 
A.  A fireplace mantel overlay thing - it was alright but not amazing and didn't last long - we took it down. I saved it for scrap to use for other projects and can modify it.

Q3.  What is the one creative item or tool that Bliss cannot live without? 
A.  Her computer.

Q4.  What is your biggest pet peeve about Bliss in the real world or the project and decorating realm?  
A.  That's top secret, if I answer I may not make it through the night.

Q5.  If you could take Bliss on a vacation anywhere, where would she want to go?  
A.  To sun and surf, a nice beach somewhere.
See Q12
Q6.  Bliss finds $100.  What does she do with it? 
A.  Spends it foolishly on me.

Q7.  What is YOUR favorite room in your house and why?  
A.  The bedroom for obvious reasons.

Q8.  Creativity is messy, but for the most part blogs show the pretty picture.  Can you tell us how Bliss is a secret slob?  
A.  Well, she's usually in her pj's or sweatshirt, she's not dressed to go to a party when she's decorating something.

Q9.  Name a project or decorating adventure that you thought would be a flop but was fabulous? 
A.  Some of the furniture pieces looked like schittt when she first started on them but turned out real nice... real good... wonderful when they were done.

Q10.  Blogging takes a lot of time.  Do you ever pass by Bliss while she is on the computer and secretly feel neglected? 
A.  She does get pretty zoned in to what she is doing, but it doesn't really bother me.

Q11.  Before, during, and after photos are an important part of blogging, do you remember to do that while working on projects for Bliss? 
A.  Sometimes I start before I remember that, then I have to backtrack to take the pictures, but I'm getting better at remembering, just not better at how the pictures turn out.

Q12.  How often do you read Bliss's blog and do you have a favorite post?
A.  Never - she tells me about it.  I see more posts from other people because she shows theirs to me but not her own.  (Since he doesn't read this I can put a beach pic of him on here.... ah ha ha ha ha ha don't anyone tell!)

Q13.  Before changing a piece of furniture, hanging new curtains, or planning a whole room redo, does Bliss consult you or do you come home and it's done? 
A.  She tells me what WE are doing and then WE start on it.  WE have at it, usually right away.

Q14.  Does Bliss discuss her blog with you,  stories from other blogs or friendships with other bloggers? 
A.  Yes.

Q15. Where do you think Bliss gets most of her creative inspiration; tv, magazines, online, you, or was she just born that way?
A.  She was born that way.

Q16.  Do you know what Pantone's color of the year is and how do you feel about so called "girly" colors for your walls?
A.  No clue.  Don't want girly colors in my house, just in kids rooms.

17.  If you could change one room or area of your home with no decorating advice from Bliss, what area would you choose and why?
A.  The garage cuz that's my section of the house.

Q18.  Are you ever worried Bliss will share too much personal information or that blogging might invade your private life?
A.  No... I know she has control over what she writes.

Q19. Have you ever helped Bliss style photos for her blog or offer input on how you think a vignette should look?
A.  It would be great if I knew what a vignette was.  

Q20.  There is a saying "If walls could talk...", what would yours say about the decorating in your bedroom?  
A.  They could say a lot of stuff about other things, but I'm not sure what they'd say about the decorating.

I really should of video taped this interview just to show how perplexed he was by some of the questions, and how much we laughed, mostly because I was making faces at him.

Now click and hop over to the blogs listed below to see what their better half had to say about them.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Vintage Mailbox Towel Holder

For throw back Thursday on the blog I'm revisiting a post about my boys bathroom.  I'm going to need to do an update too because the signs have all been taken down and the blank wall awaits me to make something new.

I'm going to boldly go where no woman should go - my boys bathroom -  so I can show you the vintage mailbox I turned into a towel holder.

16 years ago. 

I thought I was being so stylish and unique.

Vintage Mailbox Turned Towel Holder

I'm pretty sure everyone who saw it thought I was odd hanging an old mailbox anywhere, let alone in a bathroom.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mayo Haters Coleslaw

I'm not a fan of mayo. 

I'm president of the I Hate Mayonnaise Club.  At least I thought I was till I Googled it and found out there is a real club for mayo haters with someone who says they are the prez, so I'm not alone.

There is like a whole underground of mayo haters out there.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Corn-hole Game #2

When I made a beanbag toss game last summer for our yard I also got a great idea.

Make some as gifts for family.

That sounds easy and doable in July, but by the time December rolled around I could tell with all the other projects we were working on that those weren't going to happen.

So instead I took the pair that my son in law uses and built years ago, and gave them a make over.

This is how they started......

Custom Bean Bag Yard Toss Corn Hole,

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Valentines Copy Cat Vignette

I'm going on my own little trip down blogging memory lane.  

Valentine Copy Cat Vignette
Since it's Throw Back Thursday, as well as the day before Valentines Day, I decided to revisit one of my first posts.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New York New York Hotel Las Vegas

While I'm giving reviews of Las Vegas I thought I'd stick one in of where we stayed, in case someone wanders by looking for an opinion on it.

The New York New York hotel is on the far end of the Las Vegas strip over by the airport, but we didn't hear any air traffic. 

These theme resorts are huge and take up a lot of property.
New York New York Hotel Las Vegas,

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Monday, February 9, 2015

800 Degrees Pizza

I'm no food critic, I just like what I like.

And I like pizza.  A lot.

Pizza is the kind of food that even when it's bad, it's still pretty good.

Basically I've never had a pizza I didn't find palatable.

800 Degrees Pizza Review

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