Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pack your Bags with Shoe Bags - Easy Project

HI all,

A couple of weeks ago while I was packing for my vacation (I'll share pics soon) I ran into a recurring problem. It’s a problem for me that is!! How to pack my shoes. I know you're thinking, just put them in the suitcase, duh! But, I have always hated putting my dirty bottomed shoes in with my clean clothes!  Well, the solution was so easy I'm embarrassed that I didn't think of it sooner. Shoe bags. I know simple right!!

                                                           4 vinyl covered animal print shoe bags

So, as if I didn't have enough to do, I decided that I needed at least 4 shoe bags and my “Sweetie” probably needed 3 bags.  Using fabric that I already had I got busy. The finished bags for men’s shoes were 18”x16” and for women I made them 16” x 14”. Of course they can be any size you want, just remember you need a larger bags for high heels than flats.

My first step was to fold the fabric in half lengthwise and press a crease.  Next, on the right side of the fabric approx. ¾” from the top and 1 “ from the salvage edge I stitched a ½” buttonhole. Carefully cut open buttonhole.  Oops, I was in such a hurry to finish that I didn't take pictures of every step...

Next, I located a point that was 5” down from the top and centered from the edges and embroidered monograms at this point. You can stencil your monogram using a stencil and paint, or even using a Sharpie . Or you can skip the personalization. But you know me, I’m a sucker for anything that I can put a monogram on!!

The final steps were to fold the fabric right sides together along the side and across the bottom, making a 1/2" seam. To strengthen the seams I double stitched and finished them on my serger.I highly recommend that you finish the edges if the fabric frays. Next, fold down the top just  past the buttonhole and stitch to form a casing. Make sure the buttonhole is visible on the right side. Thread the drawstring or ribbon thru the button hole and back out the same button hole. Done.

 These were super easy to make, it took me about 2 hours from cutting out the fabric to packing shoes for 7 of these bags. This easy project and that includes embroidering them!

I think these would make great gifts for bridal showers, the person who has everything, and of course Christmas gifts.  Who wouldn't like a few of these!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Tile Floor No-No

Hi all,

It's been  too long since I wrote a post. There's been a lot going on. So, first things first. The ranch Reno is moving along much slower than anyone expected. There's just been a lot to slow us down ( including not getting to put in more than 2 hours in any given day!!). Well ,the tile has finally been laid in the bathroom. I say finally because this has been a long time coming.  The original plan was to create a decorative border around the 6 x 6 slate tiles ( posted here) but that was vetoed as it was going to push the bathroom over the original budget. The budget had one very big enemy, Me! I changed the plans to accommodate changing the sink and adding bead board to the walls. Well, something had to go , so no border.

                                                       So, we went from this...
To this....

to add a little more style to the floor, the tile was to have a narrow border of the same slate tiles and the rest would be laid in a diagonal pattern.
That meant getting busy with the wet saw.

There were lots of cuts to make.

We thought this would be the hardest part of this job, ha-ha. Not even!! After laying the tile,

 It still has grout haze on it and is reflecting the red from the walls. I wanted a dark grout with this tile. It looked pretty good when it was finished.  But in the light of day, the next day this is what we found...

                               Every single grout line had cracked!!! Not good, not good at all.
After consulting my new best friend, Google, I discovered there were multiple reasons for this to happen, but the fix was the same. Remove all the grout and start over!

 Here I am using a great tool for this job, the Dremel Muilti Max with the grout saw blade.  And no, I didn't do this whole floor without knee pads! But I did do the whole floor. It was surprising how easy it was.

Here's a pic of a section with all the dark grout removed.

 After talking with the tile experts at Floor and Decor we discovered that grout that has lived on a shelf in your garage for more than 1-2 years, should not be used! Who knew! So much for saving a few bucks and cleaning off that shelf. Let's not think about how much we would have saved if we had just bought a tub of premixed grout in the beginning and thrown the bag of grout on the shelf away! Back to the knee pads and bucket after bucket of water.   Finally, the floor was done, and it looks great.

Well, the next step in moving water lines for the new sink and painting. Then the bead board can go up and the toilet can be installed. From there, it's all down hill. Stay tuned for more on the ranch Reno.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall is Here Celebrate at the Country Living Fair

Hi All,

Before I moved to Georgia, I had never even heard of the Country Living Fair. My new friend Shelly invited me to go in 2011 and I've been hooked ever since. It's become a sure sign for me that Fall is here. I look forward to seeing all great ideas that people share and always come up with some of my own.

If you read or just browse through the pages at the checkout stand, you know that Country Living Magazine is chock full of great recipes, craft and home decor ideas. Well the fair is just like opening the pages of the magazine.

The Shopper- tunities are amazing. There are over 200 vendors at the fair . You can browse Stone Mountain Park shopping for great antiques, vintage items, home decor, one of a kind furniture pieces, handcrafted jewelry , re purposed items and more.

There are also seminars, how to demonstrations, cooking demos and a chance to meet the editors and celebrities.

Well, that's enough reasons for me.  So I've marked my calendar for the weekend of Oct. 24-26, 2014 and thanks to the generous folks at Explore Gwinnett, you can too!  Grabbing my sweater, a good friend and I hope to see you there.

I'm giving away TWO (2) tickets for the Country Living Fair
 at Stone Mountain, GA (Atlanta)

Here's how:

Leave a comment telling me what you would enjoy most about attending and what would you be looking for at the Country Living Fair.

This giveaway runs from : Oct. 8, 2014 until midnight Oct. 19, 2014.

One winner will be selected on Monday, Oct. 20th. I will contact you via email. Your tickets will be mailed to you on the 20th.

                                                                        Good Luck!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bathroom DIY ...Ranch Reno continues...

Hi All,

It's been a while since I posted something on the "Ranch Reno". Well, we've been working on it but a busy summer and conflicting schedules have kept us from making major steps. They've been more like baby steps. The decision was made to start small, and renovate  the"small"  hall bathroom first. Ok, I'll admit the decision was helped along by the great deal I got on floor tile at the ReStore. I share about that find and the final decision on an accent tile to go with it here. Here's a not so great cell phone pic of the bathroom, before. 

Yes, the walls are a bright red semi- gloss that I'm really looking forward to painting.!!

The room has had some demo work done so that it looks like this right now....

The old floor has been removed and the wood floor has been primed.

I hope  that a pedestal sink will make this room look larger, so that vanity was removed.  I hope the medicine cabinet can be painted and  recessed into the wall over the sink.

The toilet has been removed as we prepare to level the floor.

We used LEVELQUIK, a self leveling underlayment.

The pipes have been exposed so that they can be moved to accommodate the pedestal sink.

The wonderboard is being cut as I type, thinset and lots of screws coming next.

As I planned this bathroom renovation, I looked at a lot of pics online. I pinned a number of them. When I went back to look at them I discovered a theme. I like white, a lot and I love bead board in small bathrooms. I even remembered my first bathroom renovation over 18 years ago, and there was bead board involved!

This is the wall color that we chose:
Behr Marquee ( guaranteed to cover  the red semi gloss in one coat!) in Balboa...

These are a few of the pics that were my inspiration. This should show you where I'm going with this room...



Imagine my surprise when I found this pic after deciding on the paint , bead board, pedestal sink and dark floor!! It's almost just what I planned for this bathroom. I do plan a couple of things that I don't see in this pic but that's almost it.!

Stay tuned, this project is in high gear. Can't wait to get the floor in and the bead board up.