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Perfect Match


Ok! Hello everyone. This is officially my first blog post ever. Yikes! Thanks to my friend Trish for getting this going and encouraging me to jump right in.

So last summer I was out and about pickin for furniture  in OKC and I  found this lovely old iron Singer sewing base. But it lacked something special. A top. I wanted the new piece to be functional, unique, and have a top.  Four months later, on a rainy winter day, I found the lucky winner. An old round, wood table top, without a base.  A match made in heaven.  Hopefully.

With a little help and maneuvering, the top fit perfectly with the base.  Still, the top needed to be cleaned and a new paint job.  At our Gypsy Chicks booth, located at the Rink Gallery,  we sell Country Chic Paint. This is an amazing chalk based paint, vibrant colors, dries quickly and smoothly. I ended up painting the top with the color, Cheesecake.  Followed by a coat of Tough Coat, which is a polyurethane finish.

I have to so say, with a little bit of patience and imagination, the bistro table turned out to be rather Marvy. The Perfect Match.


Pass the hot chocolate……..

because we have frigid temps here in OK

Roads are slick & hazardous

……….and it’s a great day for hibernating in the house with hot chocolate!



just a couple of panoramic views from my porch

Bumpkins & Purlap

As I was sitting on my couch sipping java, looking out the window watching it snow this 19-degree-but-feels-like-11-degrees kind of morning I was contemplating what to blog about……..truth is I’m just now getting into the habit of taking pictures of the process when doing projects.

However, as I became more alert (thank you Maxwell House) it occurred to me that I have a bazillion (well maybe not exactly a ba-zillion) but at least ALOT of pictures of finished projects………so I decided that finished pieces could take center stage for now…….until I gather more pics of diy processes……….or until more inspiration hits……….

So…….. I’ll start with a a really simple & fun project I did this past fall………. after our annual Halloween bash I had a plain ole’ plastic pumpkin that contained candy corn & peanuts (aka crack…….that sweet & salty is soooo tasty)…… after the sweet & salty goodness was inhaled I decided to do something crafty with the pumpkin container………..

I had some burlap laying around in my stash that I cut into strips & glued onto the pumpkin……

Next, I rolled a stem & secured it with hot glue so it wouldn’t unroll……

Then I hot glued a bird nest upside down to create a little texture around the stem & hot glued the burlap stem to the nest ………..

hot glued a strand of beads around the stem………

created a lace flower out of some lace trim I had & hot glued a vintage button to the middle of the flower……….

hot glued the flower at the base of the burlap stem………

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and tadaaaaaaaaaaaa……………. a cute & easy fall project completed in a short amount of time

What everyday item do you have laying around that you can re-purpose?


Hidden Treasures…………..

You know those pieces we all have stuck in a corner of our garage, shop, or spare room…….thinking we’ll get to them one day?

Well …….. this little guy fit that category……… this was actually built for a different job but ended up not being used……. so it sat under a pile of God-only-knows-what in my shop for several months……….


It was just a plain little cabinet that I planned to use the granite top on………. but my color scheme didn’t quite match it so I went a different route

I had my guy = hubby build me a top for it & painted it black

it looked much better – I loved the granite but it had flecks of light brown in it …….. my perfectionism just couldn’t handle it


I debated on what color to paint this guy……….. and finally decided to paint it with CeCe Caldwell’s Smoky Mountain Gray chalk paint.

It goes on a darker gray but dries this beautiful blue-ish gray ………… and I painted inside & outside the cabinet………yes even the drawer

Next I dry brushed Old Town Paint in Antique White on the outside

Finally, finished it off with some spray sealer


And, there you have it!

Challenge:  What piece have you been procrastinating about?

Diamond in the rough…..

Every now & again, as me & my partner in crime are going “saling” – our lingo for going to garage sales – or checking out one of bazillion local thrift stores I find a piece of furniture that I’m pretty sure I can do something with ……….. this dresser was just that……….

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One drawer needed a new drawer front – glad I have a guy for that kind of repair

After the repair, I got on the end of my electric sander & made a huge mess

Once I had a smooth surface, I had my guy spray the dresser with white enamel paint ……..why enamel paint you might ask?  The truth is he was spraying some cabinets for another job so why not!

The base coat provided a good foundation for me to use some nifty stencils…………..









I sanded the knobs and sealed them – the natural wood pops against the green (along with the stickers on the chair I used to compare size….lol)

Thanks for stopping by to look at our projects!



Here’s your sign………..

I really like alot of the wooden signs I’ve seen on Pinterest & finally decided to try my hand at making my own.  I learned a few things along the way, so I’ll share what I learned about what worked for me & what didn’t.


Materials List

Scrap wood
(I used what I had laying around the shop)

(I used what I had)

Paint Roller
(I used a roller because it was much quicker than using a brush)



Old Town Chalk Paint can be purchased at Decades

CeCe Caldwell chalk paint can be purchased at Feathered Nest

Plaster Paint can be purchased at the Rink Gallery

Finally, Behr samples can be found at any hardware store


Here are the boards with a fresh coat of paint…………if only my blogging skills were as snappy as my painting skills……….lol

IMG_5554IMG_5553I found some cool quotes from Pinterest

Typed the quote using Microsoft Word in the desired font & chose “outline” in the font menu

Cut my words & letters apart as needed

I laid down graphite paper on my board, taped my letters & words to the graphite paper, & TAPED THE GRAPHITE PAPER TO MY TABLE so it wouldn’t slide around

Next, I traced the letters using a wide lead pencil – you can use a pen or pencil – doesn’t really matter just as long as you use enough pressure to transfer the image

As you can see, I lifted the corner to double check my letters were actually transferring properly

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Just a shot to give you a better visual


I used a walnut stain on the back of my boards
Painted the traced letters with black chalk paint
Stained the front with the walnut stain – the green sign is stained – the red is not

(Please do not mind the mess…….next time I’ll move that orange cord)


The red sign has now been stained in this pic – you can see how the stain toned down the red paint

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(of the signs – not the air-hose roller-upper…….lol)


 This yellow sign looks cool as is………but check out what it looks like after I stained it……….


How cool is that yellow sign now???

And how about that long gray board you saw at the beginning of this post …… is now “badass”

The Smoky Mountain Chalk Paint dries a blue-ish gray which is part of the badassery!


Forgot about my welcome sign til the end when I noticed it leaned up the garage door – oops

Soooooooo………..there ya have it

There’s gobs of tutorials out there…… grab some scraps & get busy with it!

Live & in color…….

Good Morning!

We have finally taken the next step & set up our blog…..please be patient with us as we muddle our way thru the blog-o-rama learning curve.

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