Okay, a short "woe is me" tale... we got the Mac back the Wednesday before Christmas. They had to completely open up the computer to retrieve the memory card that I put in the wrong slot (MAJOR blonde moment!) I was so excited to begin blogging again when DISASTER STRIKES! Our internet went down, I mean WAY DOWN, KAPOOT, completely and utterly BROKEN! My husband being the techie guy that he is, tried in vain for 3 days to fix it with no luck. We finally got our provider out here on Saturday and low and behold it was some silly cable that had a short in it. So, after 5 minutes and a nice $40 tip to the technician, we have internet again! I really don't know how we survived without it, but we managed.
So, with no technology to distract me, I got busy on projects, yippee! Here are a few of the things I worked on during my "computer break"!
I made this really cool shell topiary...
Super easy and I think I will be leaving it up even after Christmas.
HOW TO MAKE IT
(New Year's Resolution 2010: Be a better blogger by taking step-by-step pics along the way! Okay, I said it!)
1) Use a foam cone (craft store) in any size you like.
2) Use hot glue to attach seashells to the cone. Start with larger shells at the bottom and go smaller as you near the top of the cone. TIP - You will have to overlap shells to cover up the foam.
3) Glue a small conch shell to the top of the cone
4) Tie a ribbon bow around the base of the conch shell.
5) Elevate on a beautiful pillar holder.
Time to make: approx 15 minutes. Cost to make - About $12 for a cone measuring 12 inches
I also repainted my breakfast room table!
Here's what it looked like before...
Check out the legs on this beauty!
Aren't they yummy? This was my great grandmother's dining room table. My Mom gave it to me a couple of years ago when she got a new dining set. I'm so happy to have a piece of my Granny Mae's furniture!
The table was a late night experiment complete with a couple of glasses of Chardonnay! I started out by painting the top with a bluish-white latex paint (because that's what I had and I didn't feel like driving to Home Depot!)
I had some trouble covering the old pattern completely, so I dabbed on a mixture of glaze with a dab of charcoal color artist's oil paint. It turned out like this...
Pretty cool right? I could still see the pattern through the paint, so I decided to paint a nautilus shell in the center using this as the inspiration...
And here is the new table!
I'm so NOT an artist, but I'm a pretty good "copier". I used artist's oils that I had in my paint box and mixed colors to get the right shades.
I bought a round glass tabletop at Pier 1 for $99 to protect the paint job.
And aren't those chairs cool? I found them on Overstock.com for $200, set of 4. They are plastic which I was a little worried about when I ordered them (I didn't want it to look like cheap lawn furniture!) But I was pleasantly surprised when they arrived. They are a one piece construction (so no broken legs when the kiddos lean back in them repeatedly no matter how much Mom scolds them!) and the plastic is thicker than your typical lawn furniture. They can be wiped down easily; a must in my house with my messy boys! And BONUS, they shipped for free! Gotta love that.
Coming up next, my quickie and cheapo game room re-do! Check back!
I'm linking up to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On the Porch, Just Something I Whipped Up Monday at The Girl Creative, DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land, Make It For Monday at Cottage Instincts, and Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
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