My Spring Spray Painted Coke Cans

So over at DebbieDoos she always does cute stuff with things from the dollar store.  Honestly every time I go I don't see anything cute to do anything with!  I must have a dud for a local store.  Anyway, Debbie took tin can's and put some real flowers in and it looked pretty so I thought welllllll I can do thatttt......  .  Cept I didn't have any tin cans other than coke cans.  And I didn't have any real flowers because as you can see from beyond the window it's frozen outside.  So I swished the dead bug off the window ledge and put my painted-coke-can-fake-flowers up and they really do brighten it up.  Notice the piece of paper towel under the blue can on the left.  I have wet blue rings of paint on my counter right now, guess it puddled on the bottom of the can because the rest was dry.  I purchased a bunch of the dollar store flowers for a buck.  I don't know who drank the coke, nor left the can's lay in the garage.  I sort of laughed at this little project, because no talent was required, but I find myself glancing at the pretty colors every time I walk by.  Spring is coming my friends, even if it's fake flowers in soda cans.

I linked up to Thrifty Decorating for Thrifty Thursday, because it doesn't get any thriftier than dollar store flowers and used soda cans! 

Linking up for fun, and sort of to laugh at my craftiness at 
Ginas Spring-tacular craft party @RandomThoughts

I have a guest post today over with Kelli at Eat, Pray {Read}, Love.  She used to be MoreBangForYourBuck till she realized that didn't really reflect her loves, so she changed the name and with that came a new spark for her to really love what she is writing.

As I read other blogs I often find a common thread.  We don't just feed our decorating souls, we also nourish our spiritual ones.  So for another side of Bliss with out any sarcasm or humor (I think?) take in the post on Kelli's Old and Young Wives Tales.  

And for something rare.... as in a Blogging World FIRST... you can see a photo of my kids.

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Guest Post @ LifeInTheThriftyLane

Hello friends and countrymen, lend me your ear..... today I am guest posting over with
 Veronica at LifeInTheThriftyLane.  
Please pop over and say hi and you can see some bits of my home that makes me shake my head and ask the question... "Bliss.... what were you thinking (but I do like the cups in the photo above).  And check out Veronica's blog too while you are there, she has all sorts of interesting stuff to read about like a giveaway, and an Etsy shop, and well basically she's a full meal deal, she's got it all going on!

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Time for a hair cut

Look Good Feel Better?  I think I should hang this by my bathroom mirror.

The post about those old window weights?  Well those old weights came attached to a whole building.
I purchased an old building to renovate a couple years ago (yup this is my baby, but Brawn does all the work).  In it's past life it was a barber shop and we inherited all the paraphernalia with the purchase. 

Lots and lots and lots of "stuff" which also included furnishings from the apartment above where the barber and his family lived.
So we got the vintage porcelain barber sign above....

 This awesome Red Wing clock that is currently in our house

 This dirty hairy old sink, not like the movie

 An unfortunately empty cash register

 And two of these bad boys  

One of which I had the misfortune of being dropped on my big toe.

We even got the scissors, shavers, empty bottles of smelly stuff, 
cabinets, racks, and lots of old hair.

The ceramic tool sterilizer is now in my bathroom

Old cabinets, so yucky, but I like the glass knobs

A couple years ago when the reno started I barked out the order to Brawn and the boys.....  
"don't get rid of anything just in case".  

Now with blogging, I'm barking louder....


Fall of 2011 everyone rolled out of bed, hammers in hand, and off to replace the building front.  

We got rid of a whole dumpster load of whatWhat good stuff did I toss not knowing any better? 

I will never know.

I'm linking this up to the FOLK Magazine thing with Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors
because how many people have a 1916 building that came with 1916 crap?

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THE ANSWER to......Decorate with THESE

I am the proud owner of the above "things".  Lets play the game of............  
I am betting many of you know exactly what they are.
So how about if you are one of the people who do....you hold off on your comment, or just send me an email to confirm it so we can see what other people guess.  
The second part that everyone can participate in...... what would YOU do with them?????

OK, they are.....
Several of you got it correct...... 
Now if I didn't know, I would of thought they were something nautical.
They weigh A TON each so if they were nautical what ever you attach it to is gonna sink!   They are iron.  They are not nun-chucks for a super strong super ninja. 
They are window weights.  
Google that if you want to see just how they worked.
They went in the wall along side windows and operated on a pulley system.  These are from a 1916 building that we own.  When we replaced the windows last year I told Brawn, SAVE THEM.  But what should I do with them?  
I don't know any super strong super ninjas to give them too.

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One Drawer Down... One Million To Go

Last weekend my two daughters and I went shopping.  I didn't need a thing, but of course that didn't stop me and I never turn down an invitation to hang out with them.  One stop was Home Goods and I saw a drawer organizer.  This I needed.  I did.
9 Inches wide
A quick call home to interrupt Brawn's flu and ask him to measure the top center drawer width in our bathroom.  9" wide?  Perfect, the organizer also was 9" wide.  It was meant to be in my non mathematical mind.

9 inch wide swath of crap
The organizer did not go in easily, duh 9 inches on both items leaves no room for give.  But I forced it in.  I only split a small spot on the drawer side and it's not even noticeable.   It's in, and it ain't coming out! 
I discovered this little treasure under 100 eye liner pencils.  I think it was my mom's and I tossed it in that drawer over 10 years ago.  It will go nicely with the vintage barber shop junk we inherited with an old building we bought.

And I found this.....
The missing alligator claw from a Florida vacation back in 1994.  I need a show of hands please if anyone else has an alligator claw in their makeup drawer.  Don't be shy, speak up.

Amazingly I got rid of very little stuff.  'Got rid' of as in threw in the trash.  I did take out all the tooth related items and put it in a Velveeta box for now.  I'll organize the cabinet I tucked that into another day.  I also put the claw back in.  What else am I gonna do with it?  Can you find it?  Where's Clawdo.

The most amusing thing to me was that I have so many lipsticks.  They must be from Halloween costumes since the one beauty item I use the least is lipstick.  I have my mothers old lipsticks, some from the girls when they were in dance, and a few I thought I might like.  Give me an eyeliner pencil, some fragrance and flavor free lip stuff and a bit of face lotion and I'm pretty much good to go.

We also made this purchase at Costco.  No I didn't eat it all myself, (thought about just rubbing it right on my ash).  There is always plenty of help around here for cheesecake eating, just not drawer organizing.

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H is for Humperdinck

Every blogger remembers the handful of blogs they first discovered.  HatingMartha was one of those for me and I'm honored that Janel is here doing a guest post.  All of us are looking for ideas right?  Well for me Janel not only makes things that I love, but that I could actually see myself copying making.  Like the letter H below.  I look at the alphabet every time I hit a craft store and wonder what could I do with one of those?  Thanks to HatingMartha, now I know!

 I am so excited to be here today at Bliss Ranch! I feel young and free hanging out here where I can let it all hang out. Cause Bliss is just so cool that way! Pour yourself a glass of lemonade and lets get started!

I'm Janel and I blog over at Hating Martha. Now, before you get your panties in a bunch about me hating anybody... go read my about me page. You'll get it. My blog is full of crafts, DIY, sometimes cooking, sometimes just nonsense. It's always a good time, always believable, and always bordering ridiculous. Come over some time and plop your self down for a good read!
I have a love for old Industrial signs, letters, and such.
I really do. They make me sigh. 
But they are terribly expensive and out of my budget.
So when I saw this baby I had an aha moment.
The lightbulb glowed bright inside my little ol' brain.
A giant chipboard H. Yep, the things dreams are made of.
First thing was to paint all the edges and corners with silver metallic paint.
This was so that when I buffed some paint off the metallic would show through 
and give the illusion of sheet metal.
Next was to cover the whole letter with Valspar glossy orange paint.
I needed several coats. But, it dried fast.
 Covered in that pretty orange paint.
To give the look of sheet metal screws I used chrome upholstery tacks.
I just put them in on the edges.
Then I took some black paint and rubbed it all over the letter, rubbing it off right
away. Make sure to get it into those tacks. 
A light sanding on the edges for that metallic paint to show through.
I also put a bit of metallic paint on my finger and buffed it randomly in some places.
There you have it...
an Industrial Metal Sign.
From a chipboard letter.

Thanks Janel for the great tutorial and for stopping over at the Ranch.  Your tutorial is understandable enough that I even think I can follow along.  I do plan to make one or two of these letters, so you can look for them in my future.

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Slat Box Project & CeCe Caldwell Paint

I would love for everyone to stop over at the blog HatingMartha where I am doing a guest post today on my project below.  If you haven't already met Janel you will love her wit -  she's a hoot, and no she doesn't really hate Martha.  Snoop around on her site, she has great ideas you can copy.... err I mean that she's willing to "share".

The Project.....
I scouted around the house for an item to transform. Last summer I collected any size and shape wood container with the intention of painting or crafting.  There in my kitchen window was the subject just waiting to be transformed. Sitting empty hoping to be discovered.

I'm the type person who likes true crime.  I need to know who dun it?, so I read both sides and make up my own mind.  Now it's the same with paint.  When I found out there was another paint out there besides Annie Sloan's I thought hummm, I better try it.  It's a bit cheaper and they had a great brown color that caught my eye.  The name Hershey Brown might of also caught my taste buds. The paint is CeCe Caldwell.   It arrived in the middle of my Valentine's Day stomach flu, so in celebration as I painted, I munched on saltine crackers and not chocolate.  I'm also going to try my hand at making my own paint eventually too.

I grabbed this old sign from my junk bin that I've had for 30 years - thinking I'm gonna attach it to the side of the slats.
 I set up on the dining room table- no one was home to see once again I was too lazy to go to the garage.  The thought of getting caught out there in my Leopard print jammies toting a bucket and saltines seemed like an odd sight. The Caldwell paint is not as thick as ASCP, and the Hershey brown color was right on the money with a Hershey bar.  The paint was smooth and covered great on the first coat.

Dry Brushed Old White
I dry brushed on some Annie Sloan Old White, sanded, applied clear wax, applied dark wax, buffed it up, or something like that, I don't really remember the order I did that stuff, but I do remember not really knowing what I was doing.  I like how it turned out with the rustic worn look.
I would use the Caldwell paint again.  I don't know that I liked it any better or less than Annie Sloan's chalk paint, but it was every bit as good.  The cost savings isn't that substantial, so in the future I will probably pick the brand by the color.  I hope it wasn't some sort of sin to use Annies wax over CeCe's paint.  

Below is an armoire in our bedroom.  It's been with us for 23 years.  It is an Amish piece and the maker dated it with his initials, which makes it a piece of furniture that I would not paint.  It was made in August of 1988, the month and year my 3rd child was born, so I guess this piece will be his someday.  It's a catch all for anything I can set on it as I pass by.
Complete with mess

Dated by the Amish creator.

First but not final arrangement

I cleaned off the top (just made piles on the floor and considered putting it back up after the photo) and took the flowers outside and beat them on the side of the house to dust them.  The bin was fine, but wasn't quite right.  So I went down to the depths of Hades-the under stairs storage room-to retrieve a couple suitcases.  How cool is that airplane, I love it.

I piled the two suitcases on top of each other and stacked the bin on top.  I'm not sure that's how it will stay, but for now I'm not moving it.  The junk I took off the top is still in a pile on the floor.  Maybe I should open a suitcase and toss it in?  Hmmm......
Why did I have these cool suitcases under my stairs?  Don't I know it's fashionable to display them?

I have some more suitcases out in the shed that were my parents.  Before I ever thought about painting them or using them, I set some other ones (avocado green) out at the end of the driveway for someone to take.  And they did.  Was it YOU??

Linking Up The Slat's to:
Debbies Doos Newbie Party
The Gunny Sack
Knick of Time 
At Home With K Terrific Under $10 
Show n Tell @ TheDelectableHome 
Ivy & Elephants What's It Wednesday 
Hooking up with HOH 
Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
Country Momma Cooks Link Party

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Hating Martha

Janel over at HatingMartha tagged me and she doesn't really like playing tag.  So I'll humor her because I'm fun like that.  I won't pass the questions on, but I think it's a hoot to answer 'em.   So if you are a follower and want to answer have at it!   I think they come with the S&M award, (snarky & meaningful - what were YOU thinking!). Pop over and check out Janel's blog, she's got projects you can copy!

1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
(After the bathroom of course)

Feed the dog, make coffee and sprint to the computer (my exercise routine).
2. Do you follow the speed limit?
 More often than not I do, but I'm not known for my reserve.
3. What chore do you leave for someone else to do because you hate it?
When we were married our vows contained that I did toilets and Brawn picked up dog doo.  Now you know the secret to a long happy marriage.
4. What's your greatest accomplishment?
The same as everyone - raising honest God fearing productive members of society..... my kids.  (If you know nothing else about me, please know all kids are my passion).
5. Glue gun or Mod Podge? 
Mod Podge and I met about 1972 when 'podging music lyrics on wood plaques was the popular thing to do.
6. What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Sex under the stars.  (Seeing who's paying attention, and pity me if Brawn reads that).  2nd would be family/friends around a bonfire, but I don't combine my two answers. 
7. If you could be a fly on a wall in any house...who's would it be?

Why is this a hard question? Maybe because I never wanted to be a fly?
8. If your personality had a song what would it be?
Another hard question, it has way too many possibilities for me to answer.
9. What do other people's kids do that is most annoying? (of course our's don't do that)
I'm not usually annoyed by kids, it's the adults that accompany them that annoy me.
10. What word do you constantly misspell?
11. What is your favorite thing about my blog HatingMartha?
The humor most definetely.  Definitely is most definitely the word I spell wrong all the time so you can move that answer to #10.

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