Thursday, April 30, 2015

French Love in Gold!!!! I'm in LOVE!

I bought this giant piece of art work at a local yard sale…specifically for the frame alone!  It needed a bit of TLC, as the gold part must has been covered in a green felt before and there were holes in that as well.  

I loved the giant size of this but was unsure as to what to do with the canvas as there was a 3” rip in it!  So after staring at it since October of last year, I decided to make another I LOVE You More Sign, but this time in brighter colors!  

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After I dismantled the frame from the canvas I painted it a soft gold…which I didn’t feel was the right shade of gold.  3 different shades of gold later I ended up with this…which was very pretty and bright, like I wanted.


I then went over the gold with a Dark Walnut stain from Min-Wax.  I love how the stain settles into the dings and dents of this old frame along with the grooves!  It gives it that beautiful aged look I was going after.


I then started working on the canvas.  First I patched the rip with some glue and since it was a textured painting already I went ahead and globbed it on with an artist spatula.  I then primed and base coated the canvas in a dark antique metallic gold(darker than the frame).  Once that was dry I applied the same contact paper that I did in the previous I Love You Sign.  Once that was sealed and painted over and dry, I peeled it up to reveal this!


Once everything was dry and sealed I put it all back together again!


This lady is stunning and she is large, measuring in at  42”x34”!  Have I mentioned I’m in LOVE?  Both my son and I agree we like her better than the Black one I did previously!  So we are keeping her and selling the black one!  

Just a recap of the before and after!  


Thursday, April 9, 2015

French for Love...

I saw this quote on a sign in one of my favorite decor shops in Yakima WA.  If you haven’t been to The Garden Girl…you have to go!!!!  It’s small and quaint and loaded with design possibilities!  But if you know me, you know I am cheap…and not willing to pay for something that I know I can make for myself!  And I wanted this for myself!
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 I picked up this picture at a local Goodwill a few weeks ago!  I LOVED the Beading on the frame!  The pic…not so much!
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 When I took it apart I found the coolest thing inside!  It was lined with a news paper from Chicago on Nov 17, 1960!
 The ads are hysterical!  I saved it, as I plan to use it on another project in the future!
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 I then primed the original print and gave it 2 coats of white paint, and dry brushed a tan over it to antique it.
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I love the texture these old prints have!  They just add to the art!
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 I then used my Silhouette and cut shelf paper in the quote I wanted!  I also taped off the edges to give it a matted look!
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 I painted the entire thing black over all the lettering after I gave it a coat of mode-podge to seal the letters.  
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 While that was drying I painted the frame in ASCP Graphite and coated it in dark wax.
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 I then sanded the art before removing the letters and tape!  I wanted it to have a distressed look like the one at the store.
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She is large and hanging in my entryway!  That’s right!  I made her just for me!!!  And I LOVE her!!!
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Before and After!  Total cost $11 vs. $475!  
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Harrison is HERE!!!!

It’s a Boy!  

Harrison Robert Charles Doerr the Worlds Cutest Nephew!!!!

Born March 20th, weighing in at 7lbs 8oz and measuring 20.5” Tall!  

He’s a big boy like his Daddy!

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First Family Photo!  


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Proud Daddy!


Such an amazing little man!


The night before he was born I dreamed about him…I dreamed he would have a lot of hair…looks like my dreams do come true!

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He had a bit of a rough start, and some jaundice so he is spending some time in the NICU with his own personal Grow Light as we call it!  

This was the first time I got to meet him.  I touched his face and we opened his eyes so wide to look at me…I told him Auntie was here…I think he knew my voice!

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I have called him Animal (From the Muppets) since I first knew about him...

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Looks like it’s fitting…with all that crazy hair!

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 Welcome to the world little man…you are so loved by so many!  

I can’t wait to get to know you and see what an incredible little man you'll become!

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

My Journey...

I rarely post pics of myself for one reason…I’m fat…and uncomfortable with myself!  I’ve been over weight my whole life…and come from a line of women and men who are obese on both sides of my family.  Well back in Aug 2014 my weight hit an all time high of 265lbs.  UGH!  I didn’t know what to do…Below is a pic of my with my brother Josh (The skinny one in the family) in Aug 2014.

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I knew I had to do something, so I first started walking with my neighbor…it was slow going as first(She is in shape and I am not…so she had to slow her pace for me for awhile).  And by Oct I had gotten down to 252.8lbs on my own.  But I still wasn’t doing things right.  So taking inspiration from my neighbor who lost 92lbs, and support from my Hubby I started the Ideal Protein Program.  I started at 252.8lbs (size I am in the pic) on Oct 3, 2014.  Now keep in mind, I am short at 5’ 3.5” tall.  Yes I stretch that half inch for all it’s worth!

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Yesterday I made my first milestone!  51.2lbs GONE!  Friday the 13th was good for me!  I still have a lot of weight to go…but this is huge!  I down from a size 22 to a size 14 now!  Almost to small to shop at the Fat Lady Stores as my family calls Lane Bryant and Catherine’s!  Pic below is me yesterday at 201.2lbs.  

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I was raised with 3 cousins…we were like sisters growing up.  I was always the biggest of the the 4 of us.  This photo was taken in 2009 at my Papa’s 90th Birthday Party.  I was in the 230lbs (I think) then.  So fast forward 5 yrs and I put on 30lbs…ugh!

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We took this photo last month on the 28th of Feb at my Bro and Sis Baby Shower!  Look!  I’m not the biggest in the group anymore!  Sorry Cuz!  

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Just a recap of a before and after!  51lbs GONE!  

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I had to share this pic with my Bro’s!  Josh making his goofy face as usual!  

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So I wanted to say, the Ideal Protein Program is Doctor Monitored, and it works!  It is not a fad diet!  It is a program that teaches you how and what to eat!  It is a 4 phase program that for me is supper easy to follow!  Bonus you get CHOCOLATE!  And it’s good too!  The food is great and requires little to no additions!  Some of my favorite things are the Cappuccino Drink, Chocolate Drink (which I ad 1/4 Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk to for a Chocolate Milk), Chicken Soup, the BBQ Crisps, and the Triple Chocolate Wafers! Normally I wait for my hubby to cook our meals, and they are usually at 9pm at night and I am starved so I over eat!  Well I have taken control of my diet on this!  I make my meals, and schedule, that way I am not reliant on him and accountable to only myself!  Which is something new for me!

My husband has been incredibly supportive of me through this whole process!  And I am so thankful for that!

So if you haven’t taken the leap to get the weight off…I suggest you do so now!  I will post more updates as I go along!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Live Long & Prosper

RIP Leonard Nimoy…You Lived Long and Prospered!

Thanks to Netflix my son has become a HUGE Star Trek Fan!  Yes we have a Trekkie in the house!  I personally am not a big fan, but most of my family is so he is right at home in his love for Sci-Fi!  Last Halloween he was Spock…complete with ears, wig, and phaser!

Well his birthday was this past Saturday…the big 14!  And you guessed it!  He wanted a Star Trek Themed Birthday Party!  

Soooo…I went all out!  I created his Happy Birthday Banner first!  I used card stock and my Silhouette cutting machine.  I love that machine!  You can create anything!

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I also made this bucket with Spock on one side and The Big Bang Theory Guys on the other!  The bucket I got at the $1 Tree, the rest is done in vinyl.  He can use it to store stuff…and it will also be his Easter Bucket!

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After I made the Birthday Banner…my son said something that cracked me up… Birthdays are Illogical…so I HAD to make a banner that said that as well!  I incorporated Spock’s, Live Long and Prosper Hand Signal in it.  It was so large we hung it over the pass through…thanks to my little brother Josh for all the help in hanging both banners(he’s tall and I am not!)

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We had originally planned to just do cupcakes as it was mostly a family party…with only a couple of friends.  But when I went to order the cupcakes (I don’t bake!) I came across this cake!  And well since we only have one child I figured why not splurge…besides he got a light up Enterprise with it!

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I found these really cool metallic number candles at Hobby Lobby for .99 each.  When he saw them, he asked if they were for him.  I told him “No, they are for my 41st Birthday in 3 years”…to which he replied “Oh”.  Seriously?  Come on kid!  LOL!

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Happy Birthday to my Brilliant, Handsome, Witty Son Matthew!  Our days are Brighter just knowing you are there!  Love you Boo!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Yeah I am a Blog Slacker...

Ok I will start off with saying I will do my very best to start blogging more!  So much has been going on…let’s start with some awesome news!  I’ve officially been published!

Back in Jan, Dianne Corriere from DIY Decorating Addict Magazine contacted me about doing an article on my clients coffee table from last year.  You can see the post here...

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 I was incredibly honored…  Well the article is out!  Any you can download it at the app store!  Just click here to find out how to get a 3 month free subscription!  It’s a great magazine full of info on DIY projects!  

In other news…  My nephew Harrison Robert Charles is almost here!  Last weekend we had a baby shower for my Sis and Bro!  I was in charge of decorating!  Since they are doing a Muppet Themed Nursery…I went with a Kermit Themed Shower!  i used my Silhouette machine and cut out card stock to make a Kermit It’s a Boy Banner.  

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I used the same machine and cut out vinyl to apply to the green buckets.  I made 3 big buckets and 2 small ones…these will be used later in the Harrison’s room for storage.  I added his name to one, that I used for his gift.

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Since we went over board on his High Chair at Christmas (will post pics soon) we kept it simple for the shower.  Just some cutesie stuff and a bit of necessities.  

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Including these fun onesies!  I couldn’t resist!

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Isn’t Christy the most adorable Baby Mama?  Oh any my hubby made a trip to Toys R Us for the Muppets!  That’s the handsome baby daddy in the background…and my Aunt Julie taking notes!

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I was incredibly honored again that they chose to hang the banner in his room!  I love that they added Animal (my name for Harrison BTW) and Kermit from the ends!  Makes me giggle every time I see it!

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I’m very thankful that my boys are home, safe…even making funny faces per usual!  Joshua Andrew Thomas Doerr!!!  But I wouldn’t trade them for the world!  

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Well that’s all for now…I have a ton to start posting…so keep an eye out!