Friday, August 3, 2012

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoon DIY

Well, I've done it! I have started DIY things for our home. We still have yet to get a settlement date, but I know we are getting close!

I was in Target the other day and saw some really cute painted wooden spoons. There was 2 of them in a pack, and they were $7.99. I wasn't crazy about the colors or the price, so I thought I would do a DIY!

6 pack of wooden utensils  
Bed Bath & Beyond         $5.99 - coupon         = $4.79

5  Martha Stewart Paints    
Michaels       3 @ $0.78 and  2 @ $1.99          = $6.70

Bulls Eye Shellac & Sealer     Home Depot       = $7.48
Paint Brush                      ( I already had one )
Painters Tape                   ( I had this too! )
                                               TOTAL COST: $18.97
So my total came to $19.00 for supplies...Which would buy me 4 utensils at Target. Now I get 6 utensils, in colors I love, AND I get to keep my extra supplies for future projects! SCORE!

Here we go....

Lay out your utensils and choose which ones you want in which colors. I (kindly) made the two I knew we would use the most blue, for my fiances sake!

Tape off where you want the paint to stop. I made sure it stopped high enough that the paint WOULD NOT touch the water in our pots. I pulled the pot out and acted as if I was stirring so I could get a good idea.
(They DO NOT all need to be exact, no one will ever hold them up together to see)

Paint Away! I did a pretty good first coat, waited about an hour and then did my second coat.
NOTE: I used one of those crappy Dollar Store brushes to get inside the hole in the handle so I didn't mess my good brush up.
TIP: Find a way to sit them to dry them that works for you. This was the way that worked best for me.

Take your tape off and admire your work :-)
(I pulled my tape off before I knew it would be dried solid. It wasn't still tacky to the touch though.)

Time to Shellac! (This is a NON TOXIC shellac so yes, it is safe for this)

I did this a day after painting them. Before I sealed anything, I wanted to make sure they were completely dry. I took my utensils outside to do this. I held them about 12 inches away from the can, and did them 1 at a time. I made sure to keep the spray off of the actual spoon parts, but I got down far enough to cover the wood/paint line. I did a second coat about 10-15 minutes later, the first coat was still slickly tacky. Make sure to get the end of the handle too!

VOILA! Your own custom colored wooden spoons! I love mine! I will also be making them as Housewarming and Wedding gifts in the future!

Thursday, July 12, 2012 SALE!

Here I am again. I was really hoping to get this blog going when we got into our house and started doing wonderful things to it. However, we are involved in something called a Short Sale. After 135 days...we are FINALLY starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel! We are hoping settlement will be within one month from now. When that happens, I will be seeing you again! I will be showing you all of our before pictures, and taking you through the process of us doing our renovations!

Until then, stay happy! <3

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Crossing my fingers!

As you know, this blog is about my life and how it is changing. Well, I am so excited! My fiance and I put an offer in on a house yesterday. After we did this I was thinking, "Holy cow, I am going to need SO much stuff in a short amount of time!" On that list, are high dollar (in my opinion) items...such as vacuums and mixers!

Good news! I found a fellow blogger who is giving away a mixer! Her blog is called Sweet Sorrella!

Not only is she giving away a Kitchenaid (best of the best) but its also in a color that would make the color scheme I picked for what COULD be our new house!

How awesome is that?!  ANYWAY, here is a link to her blog and giveaway!
If you are in the same boat as me, or just want to win a mixer, follow her blog and enter!

Good luck to everyone :)

P.S. - It ends Feb 10th! So get your entries in quick!

Monday, January 9, 2012

I'm ENGAGED!!!!!

On Wednesday, December boyfriend asked me to join him for a ride in his truck after work. We were driving around PA looking at Christmas lights with our two best friends (my favorite thing to do!). He pulled out a pair of his sunglasses and wrapped electrical tape around them. He said, "I was going to blindfold you, but I didn't want to mess up your eye put these on). I was so confused, but excited!

After another ten minutes or so of driving, we got out of the truck and went into "the place". I was then allowed to take off my blind fold! ALAS! We were at Longwood Gardens! It is a beautiful park that gets decorated amazingly for Christmas every year. I have always wanted to go but just didn't get a chance to go there.

We walked around for quite some time and ate some dinner. We got to an indoor area and there was this perfect picture area! So I asked him to take a picture there with me. We gave our camera to our friends so they could take the picture. When I went to look at the camera and smile, he proposed! They got the pics of him asking me and on his knee!

Of course....I said "YES!"  We also have a picture of him popping the question!

It was such an awesome night! Here are the pictures of the engagement and my ring ::Sigh:: Its so pretty!!

The start of it all...

Hi everyone!

I wanted to give a quick rundown of what you are going to see on my blog! This blog is going to focus on what is going on in my life! 

I recently got engaged! (My next post will be about how it happened!) WHICH MEANS....I will be planning my wedding. We are on a budget so there will be a lot of DIY involved. I will be posting my creative ideas and DIY projects for the wedding and reception!

ALSO, we are in the market for our first house. We are focusing on smaller town homes that need some work (again, small budget!). So, the DIY projects will be happening!

I will be blogging as things happen, so if there is a slow couple of weeks, you may not see any new posts.

Thanks for reading!