Saturday, March 9, 2013
Just a quick note to let you know you can get a free quart of Clark+Kensington flat paint at Ace Hardware today! Woot! Woot! I buzzed over and got mine.
Here is a past post I wrote on the paint if you want to see my thoughts. Click here.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Last week, I posted some pictures of our Master Bedroom. To see that post, click here. On one wall there are 2 matching pictures that flank the two sides of the sofa.
Actually, the pictures do not match at all! This one is a very old piece of tapestry that belonged to Edward's grandmother. He like it so much that he had it framed back when he was still a bachelor. (Which he was until 27 years of age when he married me.)
The other, however, is a piece of fabric I picked up at the fabric store. It doesn't match at all, but it still has a tapestry feel to it, and I like to be eclectic by matching things that really don't match. I found the square gold frame at Hobby Lobby a few years ago and purchased it on the hope that it would match the other frame in size. It's not exact, but close enough to work!!!
Here is how the tapestry looks on the wall,
and here is the fabric.
When you look at the wall as a whole - they look like they belong together! Keep this in mind when you have something special to hang, but need other things to hang with it. A little thinking outside the box will give you lots more to choose from.
Thanks for stopping by the tub!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Today I have a tutorial to share with you for cropping a perfect circle to use in your crafts, decorating, jewelry, labels, jar lids, scrapbooking - whatever you need a perfect circle for. You can actually do ovals, squares, and other shapes once you get the hang of it, but I'm demonstrating with a circle since I find I often need one. The great part is you only need your computer and printer, and you do not have to purchase anything special. In fact, the online photo editor I use to do this -while they do offer a subscription to get other special effects - everything to do this application is FREE. The photo editor I'm using is called PicMonkey, but there are others like Ribbet that you could also use.
So, go to PicMonkey.com and click on the Edit a Photo link.
Pull up the picture you want to crop from your computer, the cloud or wherever you have pictures stored,
and select the Crop button.
Now, on the pull-down menu, select Square.
A highlighted square will appear.
Position the square highlighted box over your
picture, centering the area you want for your circle,
then adjust the size to the smallest square possible
that still includes the area you wish to include.
Next, click on the Frames link on the left of your screen,
and select Rounded Corners,
check the box that says Transparent Corners,
then slide the Corner Value Slide all the way to the right.
(See the aqua arrow)
Finally, Save your rounded picture back to your
computer giving it a new name.
Handsome boys if ever I've seen!
When you are ready to print the picture, go to Microsoft Word, click on the Insert button, and select the Picture icon. Your picture will then show up on your page. Notice on the right a place for dimensions (see aqua arrow). Change what is there to fit the size of circle you are needing.
For my locket I received as a gift, I chose .90 and it created a perfect fit. Just measure the space you want to put a circle in and input that dimension in fractions of an inch. If you need a 3 / 4 " circle - use . 75.
I hope you have a lot of fun with this!
Happy cropping, and thanks for stopping by the Tub!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
I have a friend who is my other half, especially when we go yard saleing. I can't even begin to tell you how much fun we have - it truly is the highlight of my week. One of the things that makes it so fun is that we are alike in some of our tastes, but also quite different. We've been together long enough that I know exactly the things she will go for - whether she needs them or not - and she knows the same about me.
This is us at Kohls pretending......
Oh, no amount of explaining would help you understand.......
Without hesitation, she would tell you that I snatch up crocheted doilies and other handmade items without fail. It's true. I don't need them at all, but I almost cannot help myself. You see, I've been a stitcher, seamstress, crafter my entire life, and when I see a handmade item that I know took some person hours to create - I just appreciate it so much I have to buy it. It really isn't that I NEED to OWN it - I truly just want to appreciate its beauty. Most of the time they are priced at .10 or .25 cents, and that hurts my heart. I know - so silly!!!
This tablecloth is nothing but an old, rust-stained thing until you get to looking at it carefully. I think I paid $1 for it, but just look at it up close. It is quite old, and can you see how it was pieced?! The entire cloth is hand stitched. Isn't that beautiful? Someone worked on this for a long time.
"Dear sweet kindred spirit from another time, please know that your work is admired and appreciated. I will never know you, but it is an honor to display your work in my home!"
What are you sappy for? For me it is the handmade items. My friend so enjoys little miniature things. Ahhh, the treasures of yard sales goddesses.
Thanks for stopping by the tub!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
This is a mini post, but the idea is fun nonetheless. As I was decorating for Valentines Day, I wondered if some tissue paper with hearts printed on it would appear through my mercury glass vases. Turns out it looks pretty neat.
Some mercury glass pieces are coated much thicker than others, but if you have one - or should make one - wouldn't it be fun to rub bigger patches of the silver off? I think this will be so fun to change with the holidays. I also can't wait to try some turquoise tissue.
You can't see it as well in this picture, but in person it shows. I think the hearts peeking through are fun, fun, fun!
Thanks for stopping by,