Thursday

PillowPalooza Party



Isn't that just the coolest name for a link party?  Pillowpaaalooooozaaa.  It has to be cool to get me to attempt pillows.  If you've been around for a while you know I don't sew, but hey a couple months ago I told you I can't paint either and no one believes that anymore, not even me!  But really, I can't sew.  It involves math, and accurate measuring and if your me, seam ripping.  Burlap is very forgiving in two of those areas.

So Linda at ItAllStartedWithPaint along with Kari at ThistlewoodFarm are hosting this Pillowpalooza party.  I wanted to make some pillows to jazz up the joint before my son's grad party.  I fully expected I might be linking some pillow flops, but I LOVE my pillows. I Love them!  L.O.V.E. them I tell 'ya.  My mom might even be smiling down thinking there is hope for me and my sewing abilities yet.  Ummm probably not mom, were you watching when not once but twice I tripped over the cord and then tried to sew with the pillow already IN the burlap?

First thing I had to do was borrow a sewing machine.  This one worked like a charm even though it clearly isn't a new model.  I got out the directions to thread it, and it was like reading Greek to me, but it was sort of like riding a bike.... I got right on and went back to home-ec class 40 years ago.  I also prayed the already loaded bobbin held out.  It did.  The lady who sold the machine to my daughter in law had her name on the instructions.  Florence.  Florence also had her name on the foot pedal and machine. 




I had all those burlap sacks left from my breakfast nook valance making task, and I have seen all those amazing pillows you ladies make from burlap.   I was fairly confident I could sew a straight line.  I took some teal paisley pillows, (don't be jealous) and just cut the burlap bigger than them and stuck it inside, paisley and all.
You know you want this fabric, admit it















At the beginning of the week I glued them, but it wasn't working and that's when I borrowed the sewing machine.  I stitched all the way around them and just frayed the burlap when I was done for a fringe.  I was actually amazed at how I was able to get the pillow in nice and snug.  I thought they needed something so I went through some jars of buttons that I've had for 25 years.  I bought them in plastic bags at a garage sale from an old lady who saved them for years, so some could be I don't know how old!


Found the perfect buttons, and also a key so I sewed that on one too.  I cut the bottom of a coffee sack off to make a lumbar pillow.  Only had to sew the top as the other three sides were already stitched.  But I guess you're not suppose to stitch the whole thing shut otherwise how the hell do you get the stuffing in?  So I ripped a corner back out and stuffed a bunch of pillow fluff in that I took out of an old pillow.  Then I glued the buttons on with the wrong side showing (on purpose) because I liked the vintage writing on that side of the metal buttons.


These sacks are the softer burlap not like the ones I used on the valances.  I also sat outside on the porch to fray the edges so I didn't make a mess inside this time.  But I was in my jammies.  I looked up a couple times surrounded by coffee sacks thinking maybe Juan Valdez and his donkey would show up. 

Tonight I went grocery shopping and stopped at the farm store just to see if there were still some coffee sacks left.  I bought 8 more.  They cost a whole $1.28 each.




This one is my favorite.


Linking up to Pillowpalooza @ItAllStartedWithPaint 
Cow Girl UP Party @ CedarHillRanch
Restyled Sundays @StylishOnceAgain
Stinky Linky Thursday @HatingMartha 
Friday Free for All @ FiveDays5Ways 
Tuesday Link Party @ TalesOfATrophyWife 
Saturday Link & Greet @ CountryMommaCooks

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Sunday

My Kodak Moment Dresser

Yesterday I was in a funk.  An unmotivated, too much to do, foggy funk.

Kodak Dresser, Bliss-Ranch.com
I had a to-do list, like scrub the toilets and floors, so I was avoiding it. 

A wise blogger reminded me that the last time I was in a funk I got creative with the Rock 'n Roll Dresser, so I decided to work on something that wasn't on any list.

Kodak Dresser, Bliss-Ranch.com
Simple and white Before

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Friday

Bliss Ranch Master Bath


That cute little brunette is me.  About 25 years ago.  
I lied.  Just in case you are skimming and not really reading, I said...... I LIED!   
I have to confess, I don't want anyone thinking that is me.  (Well really, yes I do).
So it's not me, but isn't she a cutie?  That's Holly from the blog Bella Nest.  
If you want to see some of the Bliss Ranch master bathroom, 
click on over to Bella Nest where I have a guest post today.
While you are there snoop around and see what Holly's got to offer.  
I guarantee she won't be putting a picture of me up saying it's her!


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Monday

The Little Engine That Burlaped

Is burlaped a word?  Some wise blogger said that if you write it in blogland it becomes a word.  So mine is burlaped.  Or maybe it should have two p's?  Burlapped.  Sort of French sounding when you say it that way.... buur'lapped.  What ever.  I hate burlap.  I hope to not burlap often.  But I love burlap.  I love everything I see buur'lapp on.  I hope to have it on many more things.  Versatile, quaint, country, chic, all rolled into one adorable fabric.  Fabric of fraying messiness, little fibrous pieces of smelly textile.  I hate burlap.

Coffee sacks.  If you are lucky a few green coffee beans will fall from the seams when you cut into them.  If you are doubly lucky you will have mounds of thread-shred-shed all over you, your floor, your dining room table, and everywhere else the stuff walks off too.  If you are smart you will do this on a sunny day outside.  No comments please about me not being smart, it was a weather issue and you should know by now I like to work on the dining room table anyway.

There is a tremendous difference in the weave, texture and feel of burlap coffee sacks.  For this project (what is the project you wonder?) I wanted to use the lighter colored sacks, which were the looser, coarser variety.  They were all clean and flat when I bought them.  I washed them to get the smell out and it turned them into mangled twisted, sacks of lettered wrinkle.  They didn't even smell till after I washed them.

Draw Straight lines


I do not sew.  I found out this weekend I don't even cut or glue all that well.  Math, forget it, I measure by using from my elbow to my wrist.  Works.  Sometimes.  Usually not very accurately.

Donna over at Funky Junk always has ideas I think I can do.  She makes stuff look "Bliss-able".  Her faux shades were the perfect no sew project for me.  I chugged along, uphill, and got it done.  Chanting "I think I can, I think I can" when I was up to my elbows in math calculations for cutting and lining 5 shades that should of all been of equal size.  For the full tutorial go to Funky Junk and do it the way she says.






Easter weekend I found myself in a farm store staring at a bin of coffee sacks.  $1.29 each, some are two sided, bonus!  I had no intention of making the valances from Funky Junk even though it was love at first sight, but that was because I didn't own any coffee sacks.  Now there they were and I bought 8 of them.  3 have been cut up for five windows above our kitchen eating nook.

 The blank canvas, of which I have five of the same size.


My hot glue gun was crap.  Yes crap.  So I used fabric glue.


The evil, mutant shredder. 


Terrific Under Ten Tuesday @ At Home With K 
It's A Party @ DIYbyDesign 

Wow Us Wednesdays @SavvySouthernStyle 
Whatever Goes Wednesday @SomedayCrafts
Show & Tell @BlueCricketDesign
What we made and wore @RaeGunRamblings 
The Mother Lode @ IGottaCreate 
What's It Wednesday @IvyandElephants 

 Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
 Crafty Scrappy Happy Me Thursday @CraftyScrappyHappy
 Thrifty Thursday @ ThriftyDecorating
 Transformation Thursday @TheShabbyCreekCottage
Share Your Cup Thursday with Mrs. Olson 
Party Time @ 36th Avenue




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Thursday

I am a Lucky Duck

I am a lucky duck
March was a lucky month for me, maybe because I'm Irish.  Not in a monitary way, I didn't win the Power Ball or Mega lottery or anything, and I didn't even lie to anyone at McDonalds and tell them I did.  However in blogland I was a lucky duck in March.

First Little Miss Maggie sent me some typography goodies.  They were wrapped with care and all pretty.  Blogland sure has some thoughtful people.  I'm a lucky duck to call them my friends.  You need to stop by Maggie's blog and see all the vintage ledger pages she has, all the great ideas to use them and how she prints onto tissue paper from her computer printer.  See those little hand towels?  They are too cute to use!  I don't know yet what I will make with my stuff so for now I have them by my computer to admire them....  Thank you Maggie, I love it all, I'm a lucky duck.


This is printed tissue paper!

Inspiration waiting to happen
It was a crazy month for this lucky duck.  Seems I was sending the top secret address of Bliss Ranch to someone every week.  Next I won a barbed wire wreath from Shannon at Rusty and Redone.  Real barbed wire.  I asked her if she had to claim it as a weapon at the post office!  Stop by and say hi to Shannon, she is a sweet gal and a crafting machine, always doing things for other people.  I put the barbed wire on my front porch temporarily so I didn't harpoon anyone with a barb.  I have something in mind for it, but have to wait till spring is sprung here, so for now it's fine on the old metal thing on my porch - that I don't know what it is.  Anyone know what that galvanized thing is?  Thank you Shannon I love my deadly weapon, I'm a lucky duck.


Barbed wire is perfect at a Ranch
If you are counting that is TWO gifts this lucky duck received in the mail so far.  But I'm not done.  Kristin from My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia dropped me a note that I won her giveaway of a vintage mini french tabletop cafe chalkboard from Daune at Cottage In The OaksYou're kidding-me?  I love leaving comments on blogs and many times don't even know I'm entering a giveaway. The best part of winning on Kristin's blog was discovering Daune's blog.  Pop in for a visit at both blogs you won't be sorry - great ideas and two wonderful ladies.  (You see a theme here - blogland is full of wonderful people!)

Several of my kids had to say.... mom you know you spelled happy wrong right?  Duh, didn't think I had to explain "hoppy" with ears below it...on Easter.  The chalkboard is on my counter now and the menu is still on the other side.  I think it will next be used for my son's graduation in May.  Thank you Kristin and Daune, I'm a lucky duck.

More?  Yup.  There is one more.  Karah at The Space Between had an idea called the Pass It On Project.  She got some other great bloggers involved, and I was one of the recipients of a gift from Linda at It All Started With Paint.

What a clever use of paint chips.


She passed on something that is very valuable to me as I am someone who can't sew....... pillows.  She had the gift all wrapped, and cute tags (which I saved it all to reuse when I do my pass it on).  The care and kind note, I tell you, this blogging stuff chokes me up.  The pillows are sitting on a chair in our bedroom waiting for me to decide who I will pass one on too along with the gifts I make.  That's a hard decision to make, so many wonderful blog friends. Thank you Linda, I love my pillow.  Yes, I am a lucky duck indeed.

And what's up with all this lucky duck quack?  Well somewhere in the middle of teasing another blogger about making a duck scarf for her kids' two ducks, a duck came to live with us.  (I'd say be careful what you wish for, but I didn't wish for a duck!)  One of my son's friends bought one and I guess it wasn't working out at his house.  So the day before Easter he asked if my son could duck sit.  Needless to say Klous now lives with us and my daughter bought him a friend.  Clyde.  Now those are a couple of lucky ducks!




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Tuesday

Long Live Rock Teen Boys Dresser

rock and roll dresser
It's Only Rock and Roll, but I like it!

What started out as an 'ol lemon needing a LOT of lemon-aid, has turned into a cool drink of summertime rock & roll.

Lemon tree very pretty, lemon dresser not so much.



I picked this piece of craptastic yellowness from the side of the road with a free sign on it.

My very first such act.

I figured at the least I could burn it in the back woods if it was too trasherific.

Using my new vocabulary of craptastic-trasherific, the 'ol lemon has morphed into a very keepable dresser for my 13 year old music loving drummer of a son.

He has been waiting for me to finish his bedroom since August.  He is the patient type.  This dresser challenge was just what I needed to get kick started.

Old Lemon Curbside Find is now ROCK'N, Bliss-Ranch.com
Craptastic

First a coat of CeCe Caldwells Hershey Brown paint, waxed with Annie Sloan's clear wax and some heavy distressing to give it that beat up on the road rock & roll look - we are not talking Celine Dion here!

Annie and CeCe work together like old friends, and to think I didn't know either of them 3 months ago.  I wanted the dresser to be taller, and literally turned around in the garage (which is hard to do in our garage) and sitting on the shelf were two wheels with the $1.00 price tag from a garage sale still on.

I asked Brawn if I could use them, since I picked them up thinking he might need them, and his reply was, "yeah, two wheels don't do me much good to move anything".  I think he was being sarcastic, don't you?, even though he said it nice.

The beat up side had to be replaced and we just slapped on some junk wood .

Curbside Find is now ROCK'N, Bliss-Ranch.com
The only Ouch to repair
I don't need to wheel this dresser around, so the wheels are only for show anyway and having only two was just fine.

Curbside Find is now ROCK'N, Bliss-Ranch.com



The fronts of the top row of drawers were sawed out in anticipation of the chicken wire insert.

Curbside Find is now ROCK'N, Bliss-Ranch.com

For handles I used pull tags of what ever I found in the junk drawer..... rabies tags from past dogs, a cross.

I raided my sons closet for old belts, (I did save him one for dress pants) and those became the drawer pulls, all nicely air stapled on.

I really didn't want to spend much time making this thing pretty, it's suppose to be slammed-around-on-the-road beat up, so not getting each task perfect or touching it up was hard at first.

But really the hardest part was deciding what music "things" to put on it, so I asked for input from the little rocker himself.

He is his mothers son, no rap for that boy.  One drawer says "for those about to rock" from AC/DC - devil music to some, makes-me-wanna-dance to us.

Curbside Find is now ROCK'N, Bliss-Ranch.com
Jenny I Got Your Number
The phone number?  Just say it out loud to yourself and I dare you to not have it in your head all day.

Little Rocker wanted something from California so we settled on Hotel California with my rendition of the album cover.

Not so detailed since I did have to paint it freehand, but it highly resembles the cover.  I love the faded distressing.

Curbside Find is now ROCK'N dresser, Bliss-Ranch.com

The drum sticks on the side are an old pair that I sent older brother to find for me with the instruction, 'any old pair of sticks will do', and they were nailed on below the song I can't get out of MY head.

Banging drums here is a daily occurrence with 2 percussionists.  This is my favorite part of the dresser.

Curbside Find is now ROCK'N dresser, Bliss-Ranch.com

No fancy machine was used for the lettering, just good old stencils, stamps or a paintbrush.

Curbside Find is now ROCK'N dresser, Bliss-Ranch.com
Why yes that is a banjo you see

I wanted the other side to be reminiscent of mementos saved like on a bulletin board; ticket stubs, important reminders like "turn up the radio" on the old black 45 record etc.. 

Curbside Find is now ROCK'N dresser, Bliss-Ranch.com

Those were the days.... for me, not him.

Curbside Find is now ROCK'N dresser, Bliss-Ranch.com

The rock 'n rolling dresser was all moved in when son came home from school.

I got a hug, a kiss and "it's awesome mom, thanks".  So worth it.

Total cost, somewhere between $2.00 and $10.00 being generous on the cost of using the paint and wax.

 

Rocking, Rolling and Linking up to:

Before and After DIY Link Party Benefiting Habitat for Humanity@UnskinnyBoppy




Sister Sunday Link Party @ SistersOftheWildWest
DIY Project Parade @ DIY Showoff
Sunday Showcase Party @ UnderTheTableandDreaming 

Newbie Party @ DebbieDoos



Tuesdays Treasures @ MyUncommonSliceofSuburbia
Furniture Party @ Primitive and Proper 
Knick of Time Tuesday with Angie 

Wow Us Wednesdays @SavvySouthernStyle 
Whatever Goes Wednesday @SomedayCrafts
Show & Tell @BlueCricketDesign
What we made and wore @RaeGunRamblings 
 Terrific Under Ten @ At Home With K 
Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ FromMyFrontPorchToYours
Hookin Up with HOH @ HouseOfHepworths
Crafty Scrappy Happy Me Thursday @CraftyScrappyHappy
Thursdays Are Your Days @ 52Mantels
Uner $100 Link Party @BeyondThePicketFence
Thrifty Thursday @ ThriftyDecorating
Transformation Thursday @TheShabbyCreekCottage
Share Your Cup Thursday with Mrs. Olson 
Creative Inspirations @EmbracingChange 
Show Me Extraordinary @ 36thAvenue 
 Friday's Unfolded @StuffandNonsense 
Friday Feature Party @ Redoux 
Show and Tell Friday @ MyRomanticHome 
Frugal Friday @TheShabbyNest 
MyRepurposedLife
Furniture Friday@DecoratingInsanity 
Pinworthy Projects @JustUsFourBlog 
Live Laugh Link @live.Laugh.Rowe 
Friday Free For All @ FiveDays5Ways

 And Last, but certainly not least, this rad rocker is linking up too:
Furniture Friday @MissMustardSeed 
Inspiration Friday @ AtThePicketFence 
Transformation Party @TheRoosterandtheHen
Friday Link Party @ Addicted2Decorating
EBTKS @ ALittleKnickKnack with a LittleBunAboutToArrive
Saturday Nite Special @ FunkyJunkInteriors









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Sunday

Everyone Say HEY to Kirby UPDATE

 A BIG 'OL APRIL FOOLS to everyone.  Here is how the story of Kirby below actually went down.......  Kirby was playing a joke on HER followers, one of which I happened to be.  Not one to let anybody have the last laugh I decided to turn it back on her.  So I commented on her blog about her being with child so her followers would run with it, and to make it even more ha ha we got YOU Kirby, I posted it on mine.  And because I know I have ABSOLUTELY the best followers in the world of blog, I knew I could count on you to stop over and say hey to her.  But I can't let it go on any longer, my April Fool Catholic Guilt has set in, The Kirbmeister is NOT with child, but in truth she is feeling her way in the comment world and if you aren't too mad at me for the joke being on you (come on it is April Fools Day for crying out loud) then become her follower.  She is worth every read, especially to those of us thinking we never have to tell our 50 something husbands that they are once again gonna be a daddy.  After six kids Brawn would sell my baby making self without batting an eye!

And if no one else can own it on this April 1st....... you can proclaim "yeah, someone got me this year".
          Love you all, especially because you showed Kirby your caring side.

~Bliss~


April Fools right?  Sometimes the joke ends up being on you huh and you don't think it's all that funny.  Like all the jokes me and my friends make to each other about midlife babies.  It's always funny but not when it happens to you.  Well this fits in with the theme of the day, jokes and fun, and yeah, I think it's funny because it didn't happen to me.  However my friend Kirby of KirbAppeal took the hit for all of us other mid-lifers.  The other day she let me know that she was going to be taking some time off from her blog, you can read about that here.  She is a teacher and a few months ago also found out that she would be welcoming a new baby looooong after she's been an empty nester.  That's news I happily don't have to break to Brawn, but Mr. Kirb, well lets just say it hasn't sunk in yet, he is still adjusting.

Kirby needs some love, she is a bit down in the dumps so I would love if my followers would stop over and leave a kind word for her.  She is due in June and the reality has not hit home with her yet.  You will love her wit, and well...... honestly.....I'm just glad it's her and not me.

My Friend Kirby


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