Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Just need to vent!

Oh, it never ends! My husband got laid off and we got really far behind on bills. A little over a year ago we filed bankruptcy and lost our house. We then moved into his grandmothers house as a last alternative. Her health was failing so she moved in with my mother in law...and we would rent her house with the intent to later purchase once we got back on our feet. Well, This year has NOT been our year. My husbands has been lucky to get 30 hrs. this pt job got cut. Just last month I had to go and apply for food assistance. Fighting every month to keep utilities on, food on the table, and gas in the car is so draining! We have not been able to pay our rent. His grandmother and my mother in law understand how much trouble we are having...they are having trouble of their own. Well, last night the bottom fell out of the bucket! My mother in law came over and told us that her sister is very unhappy and saying that all of us are taking advantage of her mom and that she is giving us till march and then she is kicking us out. Mind you this is my husbands aunt...she is going to kick our family of 5 out. Seriously...all of this just makes my head hurt. With the holidays among us it is even more nerve racking! I feel so sick to my stomach...I want to cry...I want to scream...I just want everything to go away. I am at a loss! Just please pray for our family and keep your fingers crossed that things start to look up.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 16, 2009

How to transfer inkjet images to wood

I came across this tutorial this morning and thought it was pretty clever!  I’m gonna have to give it a try
How to transfer inkjet images to wood


Here we go! This is what you'll need. Mod Podge, Elmer's washable glue, and a piece of cardstock.

Step 1: Brush the Elmer's glue onto the cardstock in a nice smooth layer.

Make sure you cover the area where you will be printing. Let it dry.

Step 2: With an inkjet printer, print an image onto the glue side of the cardstock.

Step 3: Brush a smooth, thin layer of Mod Podge onto the wood.

Step 4: Stick your image face down onto the wet Mod Podge. Press and smooth to make sure the image has good contact with the wood. Let it dry OVERNIGHT. Don't peek too soon!


Step 5: Soak it. You can dunk it in water, run it under a faucet, or squirt it with a spray bottle. Let the cardstock get really wet and soft. Gently peel off the cardstock. I held this under running water while I peeled it. You can gently rub the image with your finger tip to loosen any remaining paper pulp.


Step 6: Voila! And no plasticky decal edges! The Elmers washes away completely. Totally smooth!


Here is the link to the blog.


Have a Great Week Everyone!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Snowmen Ornies courtesy of Colleen (And Baby Makes Five

I came across this cute little idea the other day on And Baby Makes Five’s blog.  They were super easy and fun to do!  I had to make a set myself, the kids are making theirs this weekend.  They will love it!   Thanks Colleen for a CUTE idea!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Any Suggestions???

I found a few things in my neighbors barn this weekend.  I thought they could be used for something, just don’t know what…any suggestions?

1(back) & 2(front) is some type of landing or plat form…it is heavy and made with treated lumber…I think.

3 is a panel that fits inside of an old screen door and a cut off ladder.

4(top) & 5(bottom) is a drop leaf card table top…that is missing one side.

Any suggestions of how I can repurpose these items??  I just couldn’t let them go to the burn pile!

Have a Happy Hump Day!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Is this Winterberry?

I was telling my husband about winterberry and told him to be on the look out for it. He brought this home today from work. He says there is the motherload of it at work. It is pretty....just not sure if it's winterberry? Can you Winterberry experts let me know??

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Lookin for NO Sew Primitive ornies ideas.

I am starting to get the christmas itch...even though money is really really tight this year. I think for my family and many others out there, this christmas will be more like an "Old Time" Christmas. Many gifts will be homemade and with lots of love! I would like to make some primitive ornies for myself and for family. I would like to remind people it's not about the money it's the simple things in life that bring us joy. I can't sew, so if you have any no sew ornies please pass them along.

VERY FEW TOYS this year...
The crazy thing is my children don't play with toys. They don't get toys except for birthdays and christmas, and maybe thats the reason they don't get played with. Every year I feel guilty so I go all out and buy all kinds of toys and they get played with for about a week or 2 and thats the end of them. My kids love to craft! They will sit for hours coloring and painting etc. That is why I think this year I am going to put together a craft chest together for each one of them. They will love it and it will keep them busy for hours! I am looking for any other budget gift ideas if you have any to pass along.

Happy Hump Day!