Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cake Pops... And A Winner!

We have a winner for the Photo Canvas and it is Kim!  

For those of you that didn't win, remember you can still use the 35% offer code, RFS35.  That offer is good until the end of the month!

My little grand-daughter's 7th birthday is this weekend and for fun I decided to make some Cake Pops.  Have you ever made them?  I used to make Cake Pops all the time for work functions, birthdays, and special treats for friends.   

But for some reason I haven't made them in a long time.   So I was kind of excited to do it.

I always think Cake Pops make the prettiest bouquets.   I covered them with little treat bags, tied with some ribbon scraps and put them in my pretty milk glass goblets.  

You will not be getting a tutorial for these here on my blog, as I will be honest and say they are a big, messy job!  But if you've never made them and you're wanting to try, the best place to learn is from the lady that "invented" them, here.  And let me know how it goes!  

Along with making cake pops, I've been crafting little tissue paper flowers for a garland, and large tissue flowers to hang from the ceiling so it has been all fun pink and blue going on here - Jillian's choice for her birthday colors this year!  

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My Gallery Wall And A Giveaway!

You may remember some months ago I mentioned that I was going to finally be tackling my stair wall?  I've been collecting a few things for some time but  taking the plunge is a whole different story.    For some reason this job was a little intimidating to me.

I've never actually done a gallery wall before.   I've seen pictures all over Pinterest of course and blog posts with instructions on how to do it.  I didn't want mine to look like every other gallery wall out there,  but I sure needed some ideas.

Cutting paper to the size of all my pictures and items I would be hanging, and then taping them to the wall with frog tape is genius!  I moved them around for days until I finally got them to a place I felt comfortable with.  And even then I left it a few more days while I made sure it was what I wanted.

The other thing I liked about the paper taped to the wall is that I measured and marked right on the paper and nailed my picture hanging hooks right through the paper.  Less marking up the wall that way.  

I got all my big items hung and then I stood back and took a really long look before I started filling in the blank spaces with my little things.  

I used some old horse shoes that we've collected through the years, as well as a few other old things that have meaning to us.

These spurs were our sons first pair when he was just ten years old and they were handmade by an old cowboy friend of my Dad's.  They are special to me!

 The above pictures were taken by my cousin at my parents ranch in New Mexico.  I love them.  I purchased frames from Hobby Lobby that look like old barn wood.

I am totally in love with the cow pictures I took and had made into canvases.  Both of them are 16 x 24 and I think they look fantastic on the wall.  

I hung a few antique tools that belonged to my husband's father.  And of course my Farmers Market sign I made and told you about here.   It fits just the way that I envisioned it would!

And there it is.  Finished!  

Now, the best part... the giveaway!  

I was contacted recently by CanvasPop asking if I would like to review one of their canvases.  The timing was perfect as I was in the process of working on this wall so of course I said yes!   I emailed them this beautiful photo that my daughter took of my little grand-daughters standing on the bank of our pond.   This gorgeous 16 x 24 canvas arrived within a week.   I love how vivid and bright the colors are.  They are very true to the original photo.  

So here is the deal!  One lucky reader will be chosen to win a 16 x 20 canvas stretched on a .75" frame depth and free shipping.  That is an $80 value! 

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog post!  Please make sure I have a way of contacting you should you win.  This giveaway will be open until next Thursday, April 16th.  

And to make the deal even sweeter, every reader will receive a 35% off discount until the last day of April.  All you have to do is click here to go to CanvasPop's website, follow all the very easy instructions to upload your picture, choose your canvas, and enter the offer code RFS35 at checkout.    (You will find their website extremely user friendly.)

Have you ever had a photo made into a canvas?  This is my first time and wow do I ever love how they look!  I've got a few of the ranch pictures my cousin took that I would like to have done in a photo collage for my parents and you can do that on a canvas at CanvasPop.  I'm super excited to use the above discount code and order one! 

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Farmer's Market Sign

Have you seen this Farmer's Market sign on Funky Junk's blog?  I've loved it ever since she first posted about it, which was years ago.   I've even contemplated (for a few minutes) trying to figure out the fonts and make it.  Problem is that I wanted the lettering to come out just like hers!

Well, guess what?  She sells the stencil now!  Yay for me!  Even though it was a bit more expensive than I wanted to spend I bought it anyway, knowing in the end I would be glad that I did.

Then I headed to a little junk store in our town that had great pieces of  barn wood for just a few dollars a piece.  I found the perfect piece of wood and got started.

Here are the ingredients you'll need along with your stencil.  Some paint, a stencil brush, spray glue, and a board.

I cut my board to size, then lightly sanded the wood.  I didn't want to lose any of the aged look, but I didn't want it rough and splintery either.

Then I adhered the stencil to the wood by spraying the back of it with Spray Glue.  It worked amazing.  When I've made my wooden signs before (you can read about the Fresh Eggs Sign I made here), I drew on my letters and actually painted them with a tiny little brush.  Working with a stencil was so much easier.

I just dobbed the paint on kind of rough because I didn't want a perfect look.

I liked having some of the wood show through the paint.

When the paint was dry I carefully removed the stencil.

Then I put some light sand paper on my Mouse sander and lightly sanded the letters.  My goal was to have it look old and weathered.

I measured and evenly spaced two hangers on the back.

And it's sitting on the floor with a collection of other things waiting to be hung.  More on that in a few days!  

This was the easiest sign I've ever made.  Other than the drying time, I literally only spent 15 minutes on it.  And I'm so happy with the way it came out.  Now, hopefully the vision I have for it on the wall will make me just as happy!

How is your Spring?  My husband has returned from being on an Engineering Consulting job for NINE WEEKS and it is amazing how everything feels right in my world again!  And just in time for all the Spring jobs around the farm!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Update On Butcher Block Countertops!


It's kind of interesting that I get numerous emails every week asking about my Butcher Block Countertops.  Mostly what people want to know is how I feel about them now that we've been in our house almost two years.  

I decided I should take pictures and write an update post!   (You can read my original post here.)

I love my counter tops more than I ever thought I would.  Especially once I have quit stressing that I was going to ruin them!

The biggest thing I love about them is how forgiving they are.    I've gotten a couple scratches and one really deep gouge.  All I had to do was sand it out and re-oil.  

The dark Tung Oil was such a perfect choice for the finish and I'm so happy that I went that route.  They took on such a nice rich color from the dark Tung Oil and since it is an all natural product and food safe I've never had to worry about it.  

I've only oiled again twice since installing the counter tops.  And both times I used regular Tung Oil instead of the dark.  I didn't feel the need to darken them any more so the regular was what I chose.  I also ordered that from Real Milk Paint, as I have discovered that their Tung Oil is the best on the market.  I've made the mistake of purchasing Tung Oil from Lowes and from a local hardware store and it was absolutely not the same.  

I have oiled around my faucet and sink more frequently as I want to be sure that it repels water.  A lot of readers have asked if I have any water damage around that area.  I have absolutely none, and I'm not that careful either.  I always wipe it dry when I'm finished in the kitchen, but I don't worry about it while I'm cooking or prepping food.  The oil causes the water to bead up so nicely that it doesn't worry me at all.  

The next most common question is if I would do things differently if I had it to do over again.  The answer is absolutely not.  I think the butcher block is timeless and beautiful.  I also think it adds a very warm glow to my kitchen and fits the farmhouse style perfectly.  

I think my counter tops are one of my most favorite things in our house!